Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) is an interdisciplinary professional development program that uses primary sources to improve K-12 education.
Gilder Lehrman’s Master Teacher Fellows work with teachers and educators to
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute has 20 years of experience as a leader in developing classroom strategies for document-based learning, supported by an extensive collection of more than 60,000 historical documents, images, and objects.
In 2012-2013, Gilder Lehrman partnered with the Archdiocese of New York City to implement the first pilot of the TLTH program. Seventh- and eighth-grade history and English language arts teachers were paired across twenty-five Archdiocese schools.
When students were assessed the following spring in the state’s first Common Core-aligned tests, the results were dramatic: students from TLTH schools were ahead of their peers by 6.3% overall in English language arts proficiency.
In a survey, teachers who participated in the TLTH program reported:
Gilder Lehrman can work with your district to tailor a TLTH program for elementary, middle, and high school grade levels (or a combination).
Suggested participant groups include:
Professional development workshops can be delivered either on-site at your school or district or online. TLTH workshops can also encompass a mix of on-site and online training with the option of additional master teacher videos.
Trainings are dependent on a school/district’s needs, and can range from a half-day session to multiple full-day sessions throughout the school year. We recommend teachers enroll for a minimum of three sessions, spaced four to eight weeks apart, to receive the full benefits of pedagogy training.
Teaching with Documents shows teachers in grades 6-12 how to use primary sources to improve student content knowledge and core literacy skills. The course features:
Since returning back from their professional development with the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York, the teachers in Omaha Public Schools have been on fire about the pedagogy they were trained to use during their Immigration Workshop. Their excitement about the graphic organizers and vocabulary discussions they were introduced to is evident in the presentations they have done with their colleagues and the lessons they have conducted with their classrooms.Barry Thomas, Social Studies Supervisor, Omaha Public Schools
I was skeptical but it works! Even by the end of the day, later classes had heard that I’m teaching a “wack” way of figuring those hard words. And they were excited and wanted to share their dawning understanding. Thank you! On behalf of my students, my school district and myself — thank you!Jewellee Kuenstler, 8th Grade US History Teacher, Stamford (TX) Middle School
Each summer, the Gilder Lehrman Institute offers forty academically rigorous Teacher Seminars for K-12 educators. These highly competitive one-week seminars are open exclusively to participants in Gilder Lehrman’s free Affiliate School Program.More Info
Gilder Lehrman’s online courses blend a traditional liberal arts environment with features that can only be found online, combining first-rate scholars and small class sizes with virtual field trips, interactive discussions, and the extensive use of digital history tools.More Info
Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) units and lessons target the skills and strategies students must learn before they can gain academic independence. Each unit develops key literacy skills, such as analyzing non-fiction and fiction texts to increase vocabulary skills, discerning argument construction, and writing critical analysis.More Info