Project for the Active Teaching of American History


A Collaborative to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of American History
in Region 4







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Social Studies Web Sites:

National Council of Social Studies
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education.

Texas Education Agency, Curriculum and Professional Development for Social Studies
The Social Studies Unit, in the Division of Curriculum and Professional Development, provides direction and leadership to the social studies program, Kindergarten-Grade 12. Unit staff assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies; oversees the work of the Social Studies Center for Educator Development; collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment regarding TAAS social studies assessments; and assists the Textbook Division in overseeing the textbook adoption process for K-12 social studies instructional materials.

The Social Studies Center
The Social Studies Center, in conjunction and collaboration with Texas Education Agency staff, provides a statewide coordinated system of professional development for Texas social studies educators and campus and district-level administrators.

American History Web Site:

Digital History
Developed at the University of Houston in cooperation with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, this is an interactive multimedia site that deals with the history of the United States from the Revolution to the present, and stresses using new technologies to enhance teaching and research.

Resources for Teaching History:

National Archives and Records Administration
The purpose of the NARA is to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 126 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include nearly 19 million books, 2.6 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 56 million manuscripts.

American Memories Collection
American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.

The WebQuest Page
This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web.

Social Studies Sources
This page is designed for K-12 social studies teachers and students. It also has information and topics that are useful to pre-service social studies instructors and students.

Sites For Teachers contains links to sites that contain teacher's resource and educational material - the sites are ranked by popularity.

ERIC/ChESS is a component of ERIC (Educational Resources Information C enter), the education information service supported by
the U. S. Department of Education , the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) , and the National Library of Education.

History/Social Studies for K - 12 Teachers
The major purpose of this home page is to encourage the use of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning and teaching and to provide some help for K-12 classroom teachers in locating and using the resources of the Internet in the classroom.

Texas Council for the Social Studies
This site contains forms for various local, regional, state, and nationwide awards.

TheHistoryNet delivers a broad collection of articles from leading writers and historians, accessible to novices and students as well as experts.

America's Story
This site, from the Library of Congress, is tailored mostly to children and presents interesting facts about history.

Kathy Schrock's
Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

Education Planet
Education Planet's experienced educators and programmers are committed to delivering powerful, easy to use web-based applications to K-12 teachers. Education Planet's K-12 resource portal ( also provides teachers, students and parents with convenient access to quality, teacher approved educational resources.

Education World
Education World provides a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.

Education Index
This comprehensive site provides a topic-by-topic breakdown of the best sites on the World Wide Web for teachers.

NCSS DataBank
National Council for Social Studies DataBank is a repository of user-submitted resources and professional development opportunities, searchable by content or by standards theme.

AskERIC is a personalized Internet-based service providing education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in education throughout the United States and the world.

Rethinking Schools
Since its founding in 1986, Rethinking Schools has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.

The Rogue Forum
The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, students, and parents seeking a democratic society. Their site contains articles and references to other like-minded sites.

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