We are delighted to announce the participation of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) in Educating for American Democracy (EAD), a high-profile initiative for the reform of education in civics and American history funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the U.S. Department of Education (US DoE) through a grant to iCivics in collaboration with Harvard University, Tufts University, CIRCLE, and Arizona State University. Initially conceived in July 2019, the EAD initiative was formally launched in March 2021 and has convened a national network of more than 300 scholars, classroom educators from every grade level, practitioners, and students, all of whom are committed to pooling their collective expertise in order to create a strategy and a set of resources for making excellent history and civics education available and accessible to all students.
Lincoln Mullen, Director of Computational History and Associate Professor of History, served as a member of the EAD’s American history task force. Nate Sleeter, Research Assistant Professor, oversaw RRCHNM’s contribution of several educational resources to the EAD’s collection of Educator Resources, which entailed a rigorous and collaborative review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force. As part of its core mission, RRCHNM has long endeavored to provide teachers with high-quality teaching resources for history and civics and is delighted to have contributed some of these to the EAD initiative. As Dr. Sleeter has noted, “These resources all emphasize the necessity of supporting students as they engage with primary sources and learn not just the ‘what’ of history, but also the ‘how’.” In addition, Dr. Sleeter and his colleagues at RRCHNM believe that developing analytical skills through the use of such resources “is a crucial part of educating an engaged citizenry that thinks critically about sources of information.” Needless to say, the RRCHNM is a proud participant in the EAD initiative’s ongoing efforts to facilitate educational reform and to foster a more robust and thriving civic culture.
April 26, 2021