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The Northern Arizona History Academy, a Teaching American History grant project, (NAHA TAH) provides opportunities for growth in United States history content knowledge, historical thinking skills, and inquiry-based pedagogical methods to elementary and secondary social studies teachers through a “learn, do, teach” approach and a “local to global” lens.

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NAHA TAH Description

In Diné (Navajo), the word Nahatah refers to a powerful process of planning, the ability to be a visionary, to speak and to follow through. A similar Dine work, Naataanii, means leader. The acronym NAHA TAH, for the Northern Arizona History Academy Teaching American History grant project, communicates the goal and vision of developing strong teacher-leaders who in turn promote strong students and thoughtful global citizens in northern Arizona communities.

This project was made possible by a $1,000,000 grant from the United States Department of Education. Flagstaff Unified School District serves as the lead education agency for the grant. Thirteen other school districts across northern Arizona are also included, such as Page, Kingman, Williams, and Winslow. Through the grant program, multiple institutions and organizations provide teacher training to K-12 social studies educators, including the Department of History and Cline Library at Northern Arizona University, the Arizona Historical Society, the Grand Canyon Association, Arizona Project WET, The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, the Western History Association, and the Library of Congress.

Through NAHA TAH, NAU offers 5 three-credit graduate courses that weave together American history and pedagogy to a cohort of 15 teachers. These courses began in Spring 2011 and culminate in Spring 2013. They include Learning, Doing, Teaching History via the Grand Canyon, From Colonies to the Nation State, Transforming the Moving “West”, The Progressive Era to World War II, and The Cold War to 9/11, and address the major themes, historical works, and important content of each historical era with an emphasis in inquiry-based instruction. These courses are taught in a combination of both face-to-face and online formats, and are supported by the E-Learning Center at NAU. Tuition for cohort teachers is paid for through the grant.  

A variety of history teaching workshops are also available at NAU through NAHA TAH for professional development for K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers throughout northern Arizona. These workshops are also free of charge.

To learn more about recent NAHA TAH workshops, check the Professional Development page on this website or contact NAHA TAH at For a history of workshops offered previously, please see the NAHA TAH newsletter archive.

NAHA TAH Partners

Teaching American History Grant Program

United States Department of Education

Northern Arizona University Department of History

Northern Arizona University Cline Library

Northern Arizona University E-Learning Center

Arizona Historical Society

Grand Canyon Association

Arizona Project WET

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education

Western History Association

Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program facilitates professional development for K-12 teachers through universities, libraries, and school districts that specifically focuses on the use of primary sources in classroom instruction. The library's rich collection of digital material is easily accessible for teachers to create their own primary source-based lesson plans. 

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The Library of Congress awarded the Department of History a $15,000 Impact Grant to help the department deliver teacher training in using primary sources in their historical instruction. This grant is utilized in undergraduate methods courses for pre-service teachers and in NAHA TAH courses and workshops that provide professional development to in-service teachers.
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The Page Teaching American History grant project was designed to help teachers meet the needs of the Page Unified School District’s student population, which included a large percentage of Native American Students. The grant delivered classes and programs in historical content, pedagogical practices, and technological implementation to K-12 teachers in the school district.

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Page TAH Description

Situated in northern Arizona a few miles from the Utah border on the northwest corner of the Navajo Nation, Page is a rural town of approximately 7,000 residents. In 2002, the United States Department of Education awarded the Page Unified School District a three-year $853,000 Teaching American History Grant.

The school district used the grant to bolster teacher knowledge of and student achievement in United States history. PUSD partnered with Northern Arizona University to provide graduate classes through the Department of History and the College of Education and professional development programs to K-12 teachers within the school district. The Arizona K-12 Center, a statewide professional development agency and disseminator of best teaching practices, helped create video lessons for the classes. In addition, the grant provided access for teachers to summer academies, curriculum assessment and development, instructional materials, field trips, and history clubs.

An advisory council consisting of principals from each of the four Page schools, one teacher from each school, a representative from NAU, a representative from the Arizona K-12 Center, and the grant project coordinator oversaw the operations of the grant. Lynn Thompson Baca served as the project director for the grant and Linda Sargent Wood served as the mentor teacher from NAU.

To learn more about the Page Teaching American History Grant, please click here.

Page TAH Partners

Teaching American History Grant Program

United States Department of Education

Page Teaching American History Grant Project

Arizona K-12 Center

Northern Arizona University Department of History

Northern Arizona University College of Education