Joseph Sebestyen, Baldwin-Whitehall School District
During this practicum, participants will engage with four educators affiliated with the ALWH who have impacted world history teaching and learning. Each presenter will focus on aspects of world history education that can be modified and implemented in a variety of contexts. In turn, the collective goal of this session is to provide examples of theory informed practices applicable to world history education. The four areas participants will explore in this session are:
- Teaching Scale in World History
- Blended Learning and World History
- Developing Literacy through World History
- Teaching Empathy in World History
Collectively, our objective is to provide a toolkit for educators to draw from and apply to their craft. We ask that participants be open to modifying their craft and to contribute to the session’s learning by collaborating, networking, and sharing their expertise during our time together.
The ALWH links leading practitioners in world history scholarship, curriculum, teacher preparation, professional development, and educational research. We are primarily focused on classroom teaching and learning in the U.S. but we are also in conversation with global educators about world history pedagogy and scholarship beyond. Most recently, the World History Center sponsored a conference in August 2018 focused on world history teaching and research beyond the United States. Since the Alliance’s inception, we have worked with School of Education faculty as well as the Global Studies teacher outreach program) as well as community outreach in Pittsburgh and beyond. An initial pilot program of world history teacher training ran in Mt. Lebanon (P.A.) schools in 2014 and we are in the process of building additional ties with area social studies teachers.