Online History School

Fall 2020 History School

Building on the success of our summer Online History School, we are pleased to offer free courses this fall for elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Master Teachers will present lessons anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s collection of more than 70,000 American history artifacts. The goal is to engage students and excite them about history so that they leave each lesson more knowledgeable about a new idea, theme, document, or pivotal moment in history.

The Gilder Lehrman Online History School is hosted on the video conference system Zoom. See the list below for classes, dates, and times. Recordings of each class session will be available for students, educators, and families to view on demand after the live sessions occur. For a more detailed description of each course please visit the corresponding class page.

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email historyschool@gilderlehrman.org

Fall 2020 Online History School Class Schedule

Course Class Overview Audience Registration Instructor

Hamilton Cast Read Along

Hamilton cast members read children’s books on American history topics and themes with a history teacher.

  • Course Length: 8 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Dates: October 9–December 4, 2020
  • Day/time: Fridays at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT 

No class on November 27

Elementary-age students and families Parents/ Guardians register students for individual sessions.

Keisha Rembert (2019 Illinois History Teacher of the Year)

 

Hamilton’s World: Documents from the Founding Era

Each week students will learn about an important document from the Founding Era that has influenced our government, culture, and economy.

  • Course Length: 4 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Dates: October 6–27, 2020
  • Day/time: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT
Upper elementary and middle school students (3rd–8th grade) Parents/ Guardians register students for individual sessions.

Tim Bailey (2009 National History Teacher of the Year, Gilder Lehrman Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design)

Hamilton’s World: People from the Founding Era

Each week students will be introduced to people in Alexander Hamilton’s world through primary source documents.

  • Course Length: 4 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Dates: November 3–December 1, 2020
  • Day/time: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT
Upper elementary and middle school students (3rd–8th grade) Parents/ Guardians register students for individual sessions. Tim Bailey (2009 National History Teacher of the Year, Gilder Lehrman Director of Curriculum Development and Instructional Design)

Who Will Tell Your Story? Get Creative with EduHam

Students who love Hamilton or want to learn about the dramatic potential of primary sources will be inspired by the cast and creative members of Hamilton as they share their insight into creating art from history. This course is open, but not limited to, students doing the Hamilton Education Program Online in school.

  • Course Length: 8 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Dates: October 3–November 21, 2020
  • Day/time: Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT
Middle and high school students (6th–12th grade)

Parents/ Guardians register students for individual sessions.

Students over 13 can register themselves.

Gena Oppenheim (teacher at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn and Hamilton Education Program Senior Education Fellow)

Women Who Made History

To commemorate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this course celebrates women who have made a lasting impression on American culture, government, and economics. 

  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Dates: October 5–November 16, 2020
  • Day/time: Mondays 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT.

    No class on October 12

Middle and high school students (8th–12th grade)

Parents/ Guardians register students for individual sessions.

Students over 13 can register themselves.

A maximum of 500 students will be able to register. There will be a waitlist once that number has been reached.

CherylAnne Amendola (2017 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year)

AP United States History Test Preparation

This course will introduce students to the first six time periods (1492–1898) covered by the College Board’s AP United States History Curriculum. 

In Spring 2021 another Online History School course will cover the final time periods (1890–Present).

  • Course Length: 7 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: approx. 1 hour 30 min.
  • Dates: October 10–November 21, 2020
  • Day/time: Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT

No class on November 28

High school students (9th–12th grade)

Students register for the entire course. 

 

A maximum of 500 students will be able to register. There will be a waitlist once that number has been reached.

Sara Ziemnik (2017 National History Teacher of the Year)

The History of the Voting Rights Struggle

This course will examine the struggle for voting rights from Reconstruction to the present day. The course focuses on the African American–led protests of the 1950s and 1960s through the lens of the film Selma, using the Selma Online curriculum created by Harvard University’s Hutchins Center, which is led by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

Hamilton cast members will join select classes.

  • Course Length: 7 weeks
  • Weekly Time Commitment: approx. 1 hour 30 min.
  • Dates: October 7–December 2, 2020
  • Day/time: Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT

No class on November 11 and November 25

Middle and high school students (8th–12th grade)

Parents/ Guardians register students for individual sessions.

Students over 13 can register themselves.

A maximum of 500 students will be able to register. There will be a waitlist once that number has been reached.

Alysha Butler (2019 National History Teacher of the Year Winner)

    Attending a Class

    Parents/guardians and students can register on the class page or on the calendar above. An email with the class link will be sent out upon registration. For students under 13, parents/guardians must register students. 

    A note for teachers and other adults who wish to participate: Please note that some classes have limited capacity and in order to prioritize students, teachers and other adults are asked to watch recordings in place of signing up for a spot in a course. We are pleased to offer special Pedagogy Q&As for you to attend. Registration can be found on individual class pages.

    Protecting Privacy and Keeping Students Safe on Zoom

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is committed to making  History School a secure experience. In order to safeguard our program we have elected to put the following safety features into each History School class.

    • The chat feature will be monitored.
    • Cameras will automatically turn off.
    • Microphones will automatically turn off.
    • Gilder Lehrman staff will monitor each session.

    If you have any questions or concerns about safety and security, please email us at historyschool@gilderlehrman.org