Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

American History Comes to Life at Sterling School

Seventh grade social studies teacher Michelle Satterfield assists a student with researching an American History topic.  Click to enlarge
Seventh grade social studies teacher Michelle Satterfield assists a student with researching an American History topic.

Students and educators at Sterling School in Greenville had reason to celebrate as they received word that they have been named an Affiliate School by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

After a competitive selection process, Sterling School joins a network of schools across the nation committed to rigorous, document-based history education. Students and teachers at Sterling School will receive direct access to Gilder Lehrman’s award-winning resources for teachers and students.

Sterling School teachers will have an open gateway to the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s extensive collection of over 60,000 documents illustrating the history of the United States through a members-only web portal. This includes access to recorded lectures and podcasts by noted historians, priority standing for summer professional development seminars, assistance with creating history clubs, support in pursuing grant opportunities, and other resources for Sterling School students.

“Becoming an affiliate school will drastically change the resources that are available to our teachers,” said Sterling School Principal David Johnstone. “There is a huge array of original source documents for teachers on the Gilder Lehrman website. Not only do the teachers have access to multiple types of teaching tools about American history, they also have the opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities for teaching and learning American history.”

Open to K-12 schools invested in the study and love of American history, the Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools Program receives hundreds of applications from schools across the country each year. Selected by a panel of teachers and administrators at the Institute, Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools demonstrate a profound commitment to American history education and literacy. More information is available at www.gilderlehrman.org.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization improving and enriching American history education through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. Gilder Lehrman hosts www.gilderlehrman.org, serving as the gateway to American history online and featuring the quarterly online journal History Now, designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students.


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