These teacher/scholar collaborations are made possible through generous grants from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources, Western Region and the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History program. The Western History Association is a partner on these grants and offers time and space at the annual conference for WHA scholars and teachers to present their work.
Since 2010, the Northern Arizona History Academy Teaching American History Grant Program (NAHA TAH) has provided numerous workshops, summer institutes, classes, lectures, and field trips for Arizona teachers. The mission is to promote the teaching and learning of American history and historical thinking. The program began with a U.S. Department of Education grant. The Flagstaff Unified School District is the lead education organization for the project. Partners include school districts across northern Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Western History Association, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources, Arizona Historical Society, Arizona Foundation for Legal and Education Services, and Grand Canyon Association.
The NAHA TAH name: In Diné (Navajo), the word, Nahatah, refers to a powerful process of planning, ability to be a visionary, to speak and follow through. A similar Diné word, Naataanii, means leader. Hence, in selecting the acronym, the NAHA TAH program seeks to elevate strong teacher leaders who in turn will promote strong student leaders for our communities, nation, and world. See our newsletters for past activities.
The Western History Association, as noted on their website, “strives to be a congenial home for the study and teaching of all aspects of North American Wests, frontiers, homelands, and borderlands. Our mission is to cultivate the broadest appreciation of this diverse history.” Western historians gather annually in October of every year. Click here for information on the 2014 conference.
Apply to win one of four K-12 Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Awards and win a trip to the WHA. Applications for 2014 are due on August 1. Winning lesson plans are posted here.