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"The American Mosaic"
Summer Seminar 2002
for High School Teachers of American History
June 10-28, 2002

This intensive three week summer seminar was taught by a team of professional historians, curriculum specialists, and instructional technologists and provided participants with grade-specific content, exciting ways to integrate technology into the curriculum, and dynamic ways to incorporate primary sources into the classroom.

The seminar was divided into three segments: a core component emphasizing content mastery led by professional historians; a grade-specific component focusing on history pedagogy led by curriculum specialists that will emphasize the critical reading and application of primary sources; and an instructional technology component emphasizing effective ways to integrate new technologies into the history classroom. This component showed teachers how to use tape recorders, digital cameras, and video cameras to create a local history archive; photographs and film clips as an entry way into American History; and online history resources as an enhancement and addition to classroom materials.

Participants in the seminar created instructional materials aligned to the TEKS and are serving as mentors for other teachers in the Region 4 geographic area during the 2002 school year. These modules will be online shortly.

When did the seminar take place?

June 10-28, 2002, on the campus of the University of Houston.

Who was eligible?

Any teacher whose primary responsibility is the teaching of high school American History teacher in the Region 4 geographic area.

What did participants do?

Participants attended and participated in the three week summer institute and subsequent follow up projects, including monthly school-based workshops and colloquia to be held during the 2002-2003 school year.

What benefits did participants receive?

All participants received:

    • 9 hours of graduate credit upon completion of all project requirements (tuition paid);
    • $1,500 stipend;
    • access to camcorders, digital cameras, and tape recorders through a check-out system;
    • free resource materials;
    • partially compensated childcare expenses;
    • all meals during the Summer Institute;
    • all-expense paid field trips.

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The Project for the Active Teaching of History

Funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, PATH seeks to enhance the teaching of American history throughout the Gulf Coast region. A joint project of Region 4 Education Service Center, the University of Houston Department of History and College of Education, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, PATH will host a series of summer seminars for teachers and colloquia for the general public.

For additional information: Please contact Debra Williams, Education Specialist in Science/Social Studies Services at Region 4 Education Service Center,
713-744-6846 or