Education and Teacher Development

Teachers As Historians

As a partner in the U.S. Department of Education's "Teaching American History" grant awarded to the Newark Public School District, the Institute is providing a professional development program for Newark public school teachers. "Teachers As Historians" offers classes to 75 teachers in the fall and spring semesters on the Rutgers-Newark campus over a 3-year period beginning in 2008, taught by Rutgers faculty members. The program also brings a visiting Rutgers historian to the New Jersey Historical Society's Summer Institute for 3 days each year, to focus on the skills of conducting historical research with a Newark emphasis.

Teachers As Scholars:

In November, 2007, the Institute launched its third season of Teachers as Scholars, “Fire Bells in the Night: Conflict and Reconciliation in American History,” a collaboration between the Institute and the Newark Public Schools that brought Newark K-12 teachers to the Rutgers-Newark campus for a series of two-day seminars in the humanities, social sciences and the arts, taught by Rutgers faculty.  The first five seminars took place in November-December 2007; a spring session was presented in March 2008. The program is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, through the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” initiative. The seminars are free to Newark Public School teachers, and teachers may enroll in any seminar they wish, regardless of the grade level or subject they teach, and they are eligible to earn professional development hours with the New Jersey Department of Education.


U.S. History Saturday Academy:

Fall 2006  with the support of a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Institute and Department of History, Rutgers-Newark launched the second year of the U.S. History Saturday Academy for Newark high school students. Students who enroll in the elective, tuition-free program attend Saturday morning classes on the Rutgers-Newark campus for six sessions offered during over six Saturdays in the spring. All of the teachers in the Saturday Academy are experienced middle school and high school educators.


Past Programs