Local teacher studies with distinguished scholars

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Earlier this month, a Gause teacher traveled to Austin to participate in a one-day workshop focused on teaching critical events from early U.S. history.

Debra Salcido, who teaches social studies at Gause Elementary and Junior High School, attended the workshop, which offered teachers the opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, studying events that shaped America between 1776 and 1836 while also reflecting on their lasting significance. Topics included James Madison, the Constitution, the Second Great Awakening and Jacksonian Democracy.

During the morning, participants attended dynamic lectures and presentations. In the afternoon, they joined faculty in small workshops to examine primary sources and develop effective strategies for classroom instruction.

Faculty members included Jack N. Rakove of Stanford University, Daniel Walker Howe of the University of California at Los Angeles, Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee and Thomas L. Pangle of The University of Texas at Austin.

Rakove received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. Howe received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815­–1848.
Pangle is a distinguished scholar who has also recorded popular lectures for the Teaching Company, which creates and distributes college-level courses and materials. Feller is the editor and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson.

The workshop, which was held at the Byrne-Reed House in Austin, was sponsored by Humanities Texas.

“Humanities Texas is delighted to include an exceptional teacher from Gause in this educational endeavor,” said Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Bringing teachers together to learn from leading scholars and from each other is an effective way to ensure that Texas students continue to receive the best possible educational opportunities.”

The workshop was made possible with support from the State of Texas, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, sponsors programs promoting heritage, culture and education throughout the state.

Local Report | Robertson County News

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