History teachers understand that learning about the past goes well beyond dates and events. However, it’s not always easy to make yesterday’s world seem real for today’s students. Bringing history to life and deepening the history teacher’s content knowledge are primary goals of Mountains of History 2.0.
The project provides history teachers of grades 4-12 with the opportunity to become practicing historians who look in-depth at the people and events that have shaped our nation. Teacher Historians develop historical thinking skills through studies shaped by the historical figures depicted on Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Participants build on the power of place to gain a deeper understanding of the people and events behind the faces on the monuments. Once sparked by the power of history, the project participants develop and hone their teacher as historian skills into projects and lessons they share with their students.
The Mountains of History grant is funded by a U.S. Dept. of Education Teaching American History program.