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Preserving Our Democracy
TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars,
and Summer Institutes

Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

Professional Development Days for Worcester Public Schools Teachers

Coffee will be available at 7:45 a.m. Each program will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and will run until 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all participants.


Saturday Seminars

Each seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Assumption College. PDPs: Participants can earn 5 PDPs per session by attending at least 2 of the sessions. PDPS cost $10 each. For example, a participant earns 15 PDPs for attending 3 sessions and will pay $150. Grad Credit: Participants earn three graduate credits from Worcester State College for $300 by participating in all four seminars and completing a lesson plan. A Worcester State registration form and payment must be submitted to Amy Sopcak-Joseph before the course begins on October 24.


Spring 2010

"The US and the World, 1945 to the Present"
Graduate Course

Taught by Nick Gannon from the College of the Holy Cross
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
Starting Jan. 19, 2010
Location TBA

This course will use John F. Kennedy's inaugural address as a launching point for exploring some of the major issues confronting the United States from the end of World War II to the current day. Students will examine seminal primary documents from the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, as well as a variety of secondary works. In examining the challenges faced by the Kennedy Administration, the course will draw parallels with the current day, engaging issues such as America's role in the world community, foreign perceptions of the United States, and the role of personality and the individual within the political process. Students, together with the instructor, will consider ways of applying both the content and analytical tools they encounter in this course to the classroom setting. Weekly topics will include: the Origins of the Cold War; Kennedy and Khrushchev; the U.S., U.S.S.R. and the "Third World"; the Domestic and Global War on Poverty; the Civil Rights Movement; America and the Middle East; the Vietnam War and its Social Impact; Religion and the U.S. Presidency; John F. Kennedy's Political and Cultural Legacy; the Fall of Communism; and Globalization.

This course will make use of materials that both U.S. history and world history teachers can employ in teaching the second half of the twentieth century. Participants will earn 3 graduate credits for this institute from Worcester State College. As part of the Preserving Our Democracy Teaching American History grant, participants pay the much-reduced cost of $300 for the graduate credits. A reading list will be provided, and participants are responsible for obtaining and paying for the readings. Participants will be expected to complete assigned readings, participate during the entire week of the program, and complete a final project.

Download an application.


Previous Programs

Fall 2007

Professional Development Days

Saturday Seminar

Spring 2008

Professional Development Days

Saturday Seminars


Summer 2008

Summer Institute


Fall 2008

Professional Development Days

Saturday Seminar


Spring 2009

Professional Development Days

Saturday Seminars


Summer 2009

Summer Institutes



For more information, contact:
Amy Lynn Sopcak-Joseph
Education Coordinator
American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA 01609

For more information about the 2009-2010 Teaching American History grant professional development days, please print this flyer.


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