Download link: NYC & The Nation, Part 4: Boom, Bust, War.mp3
Originally presented July 22, 2004.
"New York City and the Nation" was made possible by two citywide TAH grants from the US DoE. The program was a collaboration between the Gotham Center, which served as a Co-Project Director with the NYC Department of Education, and cultural partners City Lore, Historic House Trust, Henry Street Settlement, Brooklyn Historical Society and New-York Historical Society. The consortium developed a citywide program that a) instructed and engaged public school teachers in basic concepts of American history; b) measured the increase in student achievement that resulted from increased staff development; c) documented and disseminated successful units of American history created through the program; and d) served as a sustainable staff development model for NYC beyond the grant period, and a replicable model for school systems across the country.
The program consisted of a series of professional development courses for 4th to 8th grade teachers, including summer institutes for all instructors, a "Gotham Fellows" program for select participants held throughout the academic year, and a leadership program with two cohorts of teachers steering workshops in individual schools and at two citywide conferences. The program used local example to teach basic concepts and content in American history, providing models on how these histories can be brought into the classroom through new methodologies and the use of local architecture, neighborhood tours, visual arts, drama, historic sites, primary documents, oral history, artifacts, research libraries, and museum collections. Among the program instructors were historians, staff developers, folklorists, museum educators, and drama and visual artists. The Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management at Pace University evaluated the program. "New York City and the Nation" was funded by American Journey (2003) and Framing History, two Teaching American History grants from the US DoE.