WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
SALEM in History is specifically designed for those Salem Public School teachers (from elementary through high school) who teach American History as a separate subject. Each cycle of SALEM in History can accommodate thirty teachers. Additional Salem Public School teachers, those who currently teach some aspect of history but not as a separate subject, are welcome to participate if space is available, as teaching assignments may change one year to the next, and a teacher may find him or herself teaching American History as a separate subject in the years following participation in SALEM in History.
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS
The core requirements and assignments for SALEM in History are as follows:
· Graduate-level readings: Participants must complete all assigned readings for content sessions and follow-up sessions. These are graduate level readings of 150-300 pages per session.
· Writing/Note-taking: Participants must complete required brief writing assignments that accompany each content session. These are designed to help participants internalize and synthesize material.
· Full Participation: Participants must come to each SALEM in History session prepared to engage in a lively discussion about the topic, readings and sources at hand.
· Classroom Activity/Primary Source Assignment: Participants must create and classroom-test two brief primary source-based activities over the course of the academic year. These assignments are designed to give participants practice accessing sources and developing ways to successfully use them in classroom activities that integrate content and skills and make primary sources central. These assignments are designed to help participants build the skill set required to complete longer, more involved lesson plans by the end of their involvement with SALEM in History.
· Create Two New Lesson Plans: Participants must create new, substantive, primary source-based lesson plans integrating new skills, content knowledge and primary sources from partner institutions.
Assignments will vary slightly depending on a participant's chosen level of participation: PDP or graduate credit (see below)
Graduate Credit or PDPs
SALEM in History participants may opt to receive either 72 PDPs or 6 graduate credits in History (awarded by Salem State College) for successful completion of one full cycle of SALEM in History. Core expectations (listed above) are the same for both groups. However, assignments vary slightly depending on what level of participation a teacher chooses. Those opting for graduate credit have additional assignments (periodic book reviews and thematic essays) designed to meet the requirements of a graduate history class and prepare them for further graduate work in history. They also get more extensive interaction with the history faculty at Salem State College.
Upon successful completion of one cycle of SIH participants receive a stipend of $2,300.
All books and materials free
Graduate credit is earned free of charge
One-on-one assistance and support from project staff
Opportunities to network and collaborate with colleagues from across the district