MAHG Spring Schedule Release: New PD Opportunities
I finished writing the qualifying exam for my MAHG degree the weekend before COVID turned the world upside down. As I clicked “Submit,” I danced in my office chair, feeling giddy with pride that my paper was truly a portfolio of all I had learned in the previous four years. To answer the Lincoln question, I dug out my notes from Eric Pullin’s “Sectionalism and Civil War” class, while my “Progressivism/New Deal” answer leaned heavily on material from “The Rise of Modern America,” taught by David Krugler. This was not going to be some rubber-stamped degree! My MA in American History and Government represented the incredible wealth of content knowledge I gained through the program.
It also represented the new skills I’d acquired. As I progressed through MAHG, my confidence in my ability to choose which sources to teach and how to teach them grew exponentially. Because I’d spent hours reading and analyzing primary documents, I felt confident teaching students how to do the same. I was fully prepared to lead student discussions, without fear that they would raise questions I couldn’t answer. I felt the process had molded me into a formidable history and government teacher. Not only was I now adept at teaching without a textbook, but I also felt empowered to become a curriculum leader within my district and state.
There are many training opportunities out there for educators. Some of them offer quality experiences, but none are quite like a MAHG class. MAHG classes are engaging historical roundtables. You and a group of your peers are invited into intense and lively discussions of enduring and relevant themes in American history and government. These discussions are moderated by content experts: college professors who have thoroughly researched their subjects. They won’t lecture you on what they know. They’ll ask you what you think, while guiding the discussion in a productive direction. Let me put it another way – MAHG classes are everything that your average district professional development is not.
So come give a MAHG class a try this Spring. To ensure active participation and an intimate experience, all classes are capped at 16. For those who cannot commit to an entire course of study or are simply looking for a fresh PD opportunity, we offer professional development through our certificate programs in US History or Government.
These are the classes we are offering in Spring 2022: