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Desert Area Teaching American
History Institute Year III

2005 - 2006 Theme

Fulfilling America’s Promise by Making the

Constitution for Everyone

"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all."
- John F. Kennedy

Public schools have been given the difficult but exciting task of preparing young people for their role as citizens of the 21st century. As John Kennedy said, our very survival as a society rests on the success of our schools in building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective citizenship by the next generation. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the partners in the Desert Area Teaching American History Institute will support middle and high school English-Language Arts and History-Social Science teachers in this task by providing teachers with hands-on experiences, interdisciplinary resources, content instruction, teaching strategies, coaching, and a sustained professional network.

The institute schedule is as follows: December 1 or 2, 2005; February 24, March 31, April 1, May 19, and June 12-16, 2006.  Follow-up content literacy, and technology support is offered. Benefits of participation in the Desert Area Teaching American History Institute include...

Stipend of $750 per participant upon implementation of an institute instructional unit and conference presentation.

Opportunity to dialogue about important issues with outstanding scholars and museum specialists.
Classroom sets of the award winning civic education material We the People and an opportunity to attend the week-long summer institute in San Diego at no cost.
Content literacy materials, coaching, and support specially designed for middle and high school classrooms.
Binder and website of interdisciplinary and project-based lesson material on American history topics specifically designed for grade 8 and 11 standards.
Binder and website of lesson material on American history specifically designed for grade 5 and 8 standards.
Primary source visuals and documents edited with vocabulary and access strategies.
Professional networking with other educators and university faculty.

Opportunity to attend the regional American History Colloquium featuring re-enactments and lesson demonstrations.

Support for History-Social Science and English-Language Arts assessment, curriculum development, and pacing of instruction.
Scholarship for an eighth-grade teacher to attend a week-long field study of the Underground Railroad.

Updated: 11.17.05

Institute Description


Session I - December 1 or 2, 2005 (Barstow D.O.)

Fulfilling America’s Promise to Make the Constitution for Everyone is our kick-off topic in preparation for an institute-long look at the evolution of civil rights in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. At the first session, December 1 or 2, we will examine the Constitution to determine the types and origins of the individual rights enjoyed by Americans today. We will overview both the ideals behind our human rights and the reality of how they have been implemented by less than perfect people in real world settings. This will be achieved through a study of selected court cases.


Session II - February 24, 2006  (Rancho Cucamonga)

Religion and Religious Liberty in American History is the topic for this special session in Rancho Cucamonga. Historians and constitutional scholars  from Hillsdale College in Michigan will join us on a study of the origins and applications of America’s evolving idea of religious freedom.   Every participant will receive a rich primary source collection of over 100 documents ready for E/LA and history classroom use.


Session III - March 31, 2006 (Barstow D.O.)

Reconstruction and Jim Crow are the focus of this session on the American South after the Civil War (1870-1896).  We will examine the promise of reconstruction through a study of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and their early implementation. Then we will look at the response to these Amendments through the gradual implementation of the Jim Crow laws that limited their power and scope and imposed a color line in society almost as limiting to equal rights as slavery itself.


Session IV - April 1, 2006 (Cal State San Bernardino)

Participants will select the topics of interest to them from more than 15 sessions presented by outstanding Inland Area educators at the Teaching American History Conference. All sessions will feature tested lessons and samples of student work demonstrating how to make interdisciplinary American history content exciting and comprehensible to students.


Session V - May 19, 2006 (Barstow D.O.)

The focus of this session is Women’s Rights from Seneca Falls to Women’s Liberation. We will examine the vision of women’s rights held by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton. Then we  follow the battle for suffrage fought by Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt and opposed by anti-suffragists such as Pauline Josefine Kleiber Wells. We will ask “What was the promise of the early women’s movement and what came about in reality?”


Session VI - June 12-16, 2006 (Barstow D.O. and Japanese American Museum)

The summer session will focus on exciting 19th-20th century American history topics related to the evolution of human rights. Participants will explore issues such as the African American Civil Rights Movement, 19th and 20th century immigration and nativist responses, human rights and national security featuring the case study of Japanese internment, and the clash between property rights and human rights in the history of relations between labor and business in America. To round off the week, there will be a fieldtrip to the Japanese-American Museum and a session with a Japanese American civil rights activist from the 1940s.



Interdisciplinary instructional strategies including activities, project-based learning, and oral history focused on helping students become critical readers and active historical thinkers will be modeled and practiced throughout the week. Outstanding scholars and museum leaders share perspectives, present information, and lead fascinating discussions on topics drawn directly from both the newspaper and the History-Social Science Content standards for middle and high school U.S. history. The overarching theme for the summer is “Fulfilling America’s Promise by Making the Constitution for Everyone.”

Institute participants will receive student-friendly primary source material, and exciting problem-based lessons for use in their classrooms at the project website SCORE History-Social Science <http://score.rims.k12.ca.us>.  Everyone will learn how to do motivating and information literacy-building oral history projects and documentaries with their students. 


Ongoing Support

The Desert Area Teaching American History Institute, in partnership with the Center for Civic Education, will provide workshops and materials for the study of the Constitution including classroom sets of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution books for every participant. They will also offer coaching support for implementation of a Congressional hearing in participant classrooms. In addition, sessions in content literacy strategies will be offered in the Barstow district for institute participants. Ideas for implementing these proven content literacy strategies are integrated with models for effective teaching of American history. 

Register Online at http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us/index.php

Contact information:

DATAHI Director
Phyllis Trosper
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Barstow USD

DATAHI Program Coordinator
Margaret Hill Ph.D.
History-Social Science Coordinator
San Bernardino county Superintendent of Schools

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