From 2002 through 2012, Ashbrook offered an annual series of weeklong Summer Teacher Institutes. A project of the United States Department of Education’s Teaching American History grant program, the Ashbrook Summer Institutes were designed to assist teachers in deepening and broadening both their understanding and appreciation of American history. Offered on a variety of topics ranging from the colonial era to the modern United States, each institute focused on be the substantive study of American history through the study and discussion of original historical documents and their application in the classroom.
The institutes were open to all elementary and secondary school classroom teachers from around the US, in American schools overseas, and in Department of Defense schools. Priority was given to teachers participating in Teaching American History grant projects at school districts who have partnerships with Ashland University. Teachers from outside our partner districts were eligible for spaces left unused by our partners. The TAH program was designed for in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers of American history; community college or university faculty, day-to-day substitute teachers, retired teachers, and non-teachers were not eligible to participate.
Teachers in the summer institutes participated as audit students in courses that are a part of Ashland University’s Master of Arts in American History and Government degree program. The courses were held on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
These institutes were offered at no charge. Teachers received a $500 stipend for their participation. All meals and housing at Ashland University were provided at no charge to the participant.
The Teaching American History grant program was discontinued by the United States Department of Education in 2011. The final Ashbrook Summer Institutes were offered in 2012.