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About the Program

DFA Logo Developing Freedom in America is a Teaching American History (TAH) Grant awarded by the United States Department of Education in 2009 for educators in Tulare County, California.

Developing Freedom in America provides a content-enrichment professional development program

It includes three summer institutes, six semester Saturday seminars, and an online curriculum support community.

It is organized thematically by year. Participants consider in the first year The Political Meaning of Freedom. Developing Economic Freedom is the focus for the second year. Finally in the third year teachers will turn to Evolving Civic Freedoms.

The overall program objectives of Developing Freedom in America seek to:

  1. Increase and improve teachers' traditional American history content and disciplinary knowledge
  2. Facilitate collaborative design of new standards-based curriculum focusing on the students' acquisition of historical analysis, interpretation, and content literacy skills
  3. Strengthen teachers' classroom instruction by implementing effective pedagogical strategies for increased historical understanding and knowledge, as well as academic literacy skills

 

Announcements

We would like to welcome Cohort 2 to Developing Freedom in Ameria!  2011 - 2014 program information can be found here. Click Here!


Check out some photographs from our 2010 Summer Institute!

 

This Year's Reads

Recent Blog Posts
Dec 08, 2017
Teachers Helping Teachers
In response to the terrible fires that devastated parts of Napa and Sonoma Counties this fall, the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) are hosting a one-day professional learning and resource ...
Teachers Helping Teachers
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Dec 08, 2017
Teaching about Land Use
This post is meant to accompany the recent Current Context issue, People and Predators . There are many great EEI lessons to get your students thinking more deeply about how and why we use land ...
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Dec 05, 2017
Seeking New Director for UCLA History-Geography Project
The California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), Center X , and the UCLA History Department are currently seeking applications for the position of Regional Site Director for the UCLA ...
Seeking New Director for UCLA History-Geography Project
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Nov 16, 2017
In Search of a Better History Book
by Nancy McTygue The first time I sat on a textbook adoption panel I spent 45 minutes deliberating.  I remember that a significant part of my consideration was the quality of the lunch that the ...
In Search of a Better History Book
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