Oklahoma social studies educators have a unique opportunity to attend and participate in OU’s “Teach-In: A Day With Some of the Greatest Teachers in America” on Feb. 27 on the main campus in Norman. The incredible array of American historians who will be featured during the day represent some of the best scholarship on the foundational and formative eras of our nation’s history. Both David McCullough and Gordon Wood are Pulitzer Prize-winning authors with national reputations for the scholarship and narrative abilities to make early American history engaging and vivid.
At lunch, Gordon Wood will talk about “What Made the Founders Different.” In the evening, David McCullough will lecture on “Adams and America’s Founding.” The program also includes sessions on Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, the “Founding Mothers,” the Jacksonian influence on the Constitution, and a panel discussion featuring all of the day’s presenters. This day should be of special interest to Oklahoma fifth-grade United States history teachers, eighth-grade United States history teachers, and high school United States government teachers as the content of the courses they teach all deal with the Founding fathers, foundational principles, and the transformation of those by later generations of Americans.
While the presentations in Paul Sharp Concert Hall are free, the OU Office of Public Affairs asks that you RSVP for the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (405) 325-3784. In your email, please include your name, school name, daytime phone number and which sessions you would like to attend.
-By Kelly S. Curtright, Director of Social Studies Education and Personal Financial Literacy Education for the Oklahoma State Department of Education