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For more information about the Rochester City School District’s Teaching as Historians program, please contact:


Jennifer Gkourlias, Ed.D. Executive Director of Social Studies (585) 262-8470 _________________________________

Stefan Cohen Lead Teacher, Secondary Social Studies (585) 262-8162 _________________________________

Stephen LaMorte Lead Teacher, Secondary Social Studies (585) 262-8169

With regard to both educational programs and employment, the Rochester City School District makes opportunities available without regard to age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic disposition, or HIV or hepatitis carrier status.



2011-2012 Program Schedule 1. October 4, 2011 8AM-3PM

Teaching as Historians Kick-Off

2. October 18, 2011 4-6PM

Lesson Lab Classroom experiment #1 to be conducted between October 19 and December 7

The Teaching as Historians program, funded by a federally-awarded Teaching American History grant, provides teachers with the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, historians, and local institutions to broaden and deepen their knowledge of United States history and enhance their teaching practice. This year’s program content will focus on foreign policy throughout American history as participants investigate the following question:

How has American foreign policy reflected and influenced the attitudes, actions, and aspirations of the American people and the people of the world? Throughout the year, participants will keep a reflective journal of their experiences and conduct classroom experiments using their heightened knowledge and skills, ultimately culminating in the creation of a unit plan based on their experiences. The program will include eight (8) afterschool sessions (4-6 p.m.) and four (4) full school days (substitutes will be provided for teachers’ classrooms). Participants who successfully complete the program and attendance requirements will be eligible for a stipend of up to $594. Program Requirements In order to participate in the 2011-2012 TAH program, teachers must agree to: Attend all full-day release sessions and 75% of afternoon sessions (six out of eight). Participants must alert their school supervisors to this full-day requirement and obtain approval. Collaboratively create and conduct two classroom experiments during the school year focusing on the interpretation of primary sources, and provide reflective records of those experiments. Generate one four-lesson unit plan incorporating both the content and the experimental strategies from the sessions. Unit plans can be completed individually or with one partner and submitted at the end of the program. Keep an online journal that reflects on various content and pedagogical topics throughout the year. Share a portfolio of their program experiences and results with colleagues. Consent to taking a pre and post-test and survey, and allow access to students’ scores on standardized testing to determine program effectiveness. Apply to participate in this program by visiting rcsdtah/registration

3. November 1, 2011 4-6PM

Lecture The United States Becomes an Empire Dr. Isabel Cordova, Nazareth College

4. December 8, 2011 8AM-3PM

Lesson Lab & Lecture Newly Imperial America Dr. Isabel Cordova, Nazareth College

5. December 13, 2011 4-6PM

Lecture The Impact of World War One Dr. Alison Parker, SUNY Brockport

6. January 10, 2012 4-6PM

Lesson Lab Classroom experiment #2 to be conducted between January 11 and March 7

7. February 7, 2012 4-6PM

Lecture Dr. Robert Westbrook, University of Rochester World War II – “The Good War” at Home and Abroad

8. February 28, 2012 4-6PM

Lecture The Cold War Dr. James Spiller, SUNY Brockport

9. March 8, 2012 8AM-3PM

Lesson Lab & Lecture Vietnam as a Turning Point Dr. John Daly, SUNY Brockport

10. March 27, 2012 4-6PM

Lecture After the Wall Fell: Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Dr. Timothy Kneeland, Nazareth College

11. May 10, 2012 8AM-3PM

Lesson Lab Completed unit plans to be submitted electronically by May 22

12. May 22, 2012 4-6PM

Sharing and Celebration Session

TAH 2011-2012 Brochure  
TAH 2011-2012 Brochure  

TAH 2011-2012 Brochure