Becoming America Project Summer Institute Becoming America Project

Becoming America: The Defining the Role of Immigration Project (2009-2014)

A five-year, federally funded project which offers professional development to selected American History teachers in the participating school districts. The aim of the project is to help both native and non-native students see themselves reflected in the history of our country, thereby making American history more relevant to their own experiences by promoting a common cultural heritage.

  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Program
  • Partners:
    • School districts: Braintree, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School
    • University: Suffolk University
    • Non-Profit: Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative, Inc. (TRITEC)
    • Historic Sites/Societies: American Antiquarian Society, Boston African American National Historic Site, New England Genealogical Society
    • Libraries / Archives / Museums: Archives & Records for the City of Boston, Boston Public Library, Massachusetts State Library & Archives, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), National Archives & Records Administration (Waltham), Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women (Harvard University)
  • Funds three Teacher Learning Centers with full-time directors
  • Project offers teachers in selected grades eighty-one hours of intensive professional development in American history content, analysis, and interpretation for each grant year.
  • Professional development consists of weeklong summer institutes at partner universities, district-based content seminars, and lesson development workshops.
  • Teachers produce primary-source-based lessons centering on one of the project's national park or historic site partners.
  • Lessons are grouped into project-based units and widely distributed through PBU Builder.
Funding Provided by:
Teaching American History Grant