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Providence Rhode Island School District

The Providence School District contracted with NCHS to develop a new curriculum in World and U.S. History in 2010. The work will continue to 2011 with professional development seminars supporting the new curriculum. Three years of World History and three of U.S. history form the curriculum. Ross Dunn, Director of World History Projects at NCHS is in charge of the World History curriculum while Director Gary Nash works on the U.S. curriculum.

Long Beach Unified School District

With support from the Ahmanson Foundation, the World History For Us All (WHFUA) program was piloted in Long Beach Unified seventh grade classrooms in 2008. Further funds are now being solicited to implement the WHFUA program for all teachers in Grades 6, 7, and 10.

World History For Us All

NCHS has been a principal partner supporting the development of the free online "big history" curriculum, World History for Us All. Rather than teach history civilization by civilization, so that students have no concept of how it all fits together, the WHFUA approach looks at world history from three vantage points: Panorama (a 'birdseye' view of a whole era of history); Landscape (a view with more detail of events, people, and places); and Close-Up (more specific in-depth topical lessons). Each lesson also looks at three relationships: humans and the environment, humans and other humans, and humans and ideas.

National Jazz Curriculum (Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

"Jazz in America" presents the "National Jazz Curriculum," a standards-based curriculum that looks at jazz through various phases of American history. Lessons are available for elementary (5th), middle school (8th), and high school (11th). Dr. Gary B. Nash, NCHS Director, David Vigilante, NCHS Curriculum Director, and J. Richard Olivas, West Los Angeles College history professor and NCHS affiliate, worked with JB Dyas and the curriculum team on this history lesson portions of the curriculum. [More about Jazz in America]

State History Standards

NCHS Director, Gary B. Nash, with support from NCHS staff, has served as a consultant and reviewer of drafts of the state standards in Ohio, Michigan, California, and other states.

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