Teacher Training

National History Academy Online offers an enriching professional development program for history and government teachers. 

Teacher Training

From June 29 to July 3, we will offer online teacher training conducted by Professor David Moss’s Case Method Institute. In our training week, over 100 teachers can learn the pedagogy of Professor Moss’s cases, with continuing weekly teaching support and eligibility for professional development credit. Selected teachers can put their training into practice during the online Academy, then bring the case method back to their home schools.

The Case Method Institute (CMI) brings the case method to high school classrooms around the country to help invigorate high school history, government, and civics education and to deepen students’ engagement with American democracy.  Over the past five years, CMI has partnered with hundreds of teachers at over 250 high schools in 44 states and the District of Columbia and has reached more than 30,000 high school students.  More recently, to help address new teaching realities, CMI has piloted a new version of its online professional development program aimed at preparing teachers to teach cases virtually.

The case method—a lively discussion-based approach to teaching used at Harvard Business School—is well-suited to the distinct demands of remote learning.  High school teachers find that the exciting nature of case discussions can motivate students who have been reluctant to engage with other remote school programs.

The professional development workshop will include synchronous and asynchronous online sessions.  Teachers will read and prepare two case studies and engage with a series of online videos that cover the fundamentals of case method teaching, at their own pace.  For one of the training days, teachers will attend an online workshop with Professor David Moss via Zoom.  During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to dive deeper into the mechanics of remote case method teaching and participate in a live case discussion. Throughout the NHA program, teachers will receive ongoing, tailored support from CMI staff, along with a full set of teaching materials.

After completing the NHA Online program, teachers will receive ongoing support from CMI as they bring the case method to their schools.  All participating teachers will receive access to physical and digital teaching materials, plus monitoring and support services from a team of specialists.  These services and materials, like all aspects of the CMI program, are provided entirely free of charge.

For additional information about the Case Method Institute, please see their website for an overview video, a list of the teachers involved in the program, and videos of students and teachers talking about their experiences with case method teaching.

Time Commitment

Teachers accepted into the CMI training program should plan for approximately 10-12 hours of asynchronous training, and 7-8 hours of synchronous discussions with Professor Moss and the CMI staff. A full schedule for the June 29-July 3 training week will be posted here by June 20.

Deadline

Teachers and Counselors should apply as soon as possible but no later than June 24, 2020. If a minimum number of teachers is not reached by June 24, the Case Method Institute will conduct the training later this year with a larger cohort.

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Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

  • Must have regular access to a reliable computer
  • An internet connection. High-speed broadband access is highly recommended
  • An email account
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Speakers or headphones to hear audio from a computer

A reasonable level of computer literacy, including proficiency with the following (at a minimum):

  • Using a keyboard and mouse
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Using common software applications including, but not limited to those found in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or similar office suites such as Google Apps
  • Recording video presentations with your computer camera and microphone and uploading to video hosting services such as YouTube
  • Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, etc.)
  • Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx, etc.)
  • Installing and updating software and apps
  • Selecting, copying, and pasting text
  • Accessing the Internet using a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox
  • Resetting basic browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies, etc)
  • Performing basic Internet searches with appropriate search terms
  • Locating and copying web addresses/URLs
  • Browsing for files to attach and upload; extracting zip files
  • Using a webcam, microphone and speakers to participate in virtual meetings/classrooms.