The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers professional development and resources to assist teachers in their classrooms. The Institute has pioneered new models of history schools and programs, with proven success in improving academic achievement. Connect American history with the Common Core with our latest professional development

ENHANCE INSTRUCTION. IMPROVE STUDENT LITERACY. INSPIRE A LOVE OF HISTORY.

Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) is a professional development program that trains educators to deliver rigorous instruction that develops students’ reading, writing, and analytical skills as emphasized by the Common Core State Standards through the use of historical texts and primary source documents. During TLTH trainings, educators have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core Literacy Standards and draw connections to it with their current history and literacy curriculum
  • Practice a range of teaching methods and classroom exercises, developed and refined by the Gilder Lehrman Institute over twenty years, using primary source texts and historical documents
  • Determine how to select non-fiction and fiction texts that will enrich lessons and deepen students’ understanding of American history
  • Take away classroom-tested strategies for improving student core literacy skills, such as critical thinking, close reading, and analytical skills, that can be implemented immediately
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teacher Seminars

Learn in-depth content knowledge around specific US history themes. Led by historians and Gilder Lehrmantrained educators. More>>

Online Courses

Earn full-course graduate credit and grow your knowledge of American history—on your schedule. More>>

Scholars & Schools

Bring the nation’s leading historians and scholars to your school to work with teachers and enhance their knowledge of specific American history areas. More>>

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Affiliate School Program (Free)

This program provides schools access to educational resources, events, and tools designed to bring American history to life in the classroom. More>>

TEACHER RESOURCES