Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media Wins National Award

Posted: July 31, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: August 1, 2013 at 7:15 am

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TeachingHistory.org, a website and resource developed by George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, has won an Award of Merit from The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Awards.

Teachinghistory.org is a free online resource for K-12 teachers that has been called by History Tech Blog “a ‘non-negotiable’ — a tool so valuable no history teacher should try teaching without it.” Originally funded by a 2007 U.S. Department of Education contract, the website welcomes more than 1.7 million visitors annually from all 50 states and more than 150 foreign countries. While the majority of users are K-12 teachers, the site is also a favorite of librarians, social studies methods instructors, homeschoolers and public historians.

Visitors will find useful resources for the teaching of history including website reviews, historical thinking resources, history quizzes, videos of promising teaching techniques and strategies for incorporating technology into history classrooms.  The site also includes the only free online database of all U.S. history and social studies state standards.

screenshotThe AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

“It is an honor to be recognized by AASLH,” says Kelly Schrum, CHNM director of educational projects. “Thanks to this award, we hope that even more educators will come to know Teachinghistory.org.”

Since 1994, CHNM has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history — to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past. Their work has been recognized with major awards and grants from the American Historical Association, National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon, Sloan, Hewlett, Rockefeller, Gould, Delmas and Kellogg foundations.

This year, AASLH will present 88 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2013 AASLH Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 20. The banquet is supported by a generous contribution from the History Channel.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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