A statewide project equipping K-12 educators to teach Iowa history using primary sources

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About the Teaching Iowa History Project

Iowa's new Social Studies Standards include Iowa history in grades K-12 for the first time in over a decade. 

The Iowa Museum Association and partners developed Teaching Iowa History to provide Iowa history content and instructional resources to support Iowa's teachers in meeting the new standards.    

Education is a core activity for all museums.  To meet identified educator needs and bring museum's into a closer working relationship with educators, the Iowa Museum Association applied for and received a National Endowment for the Humanities "Creating Humanities Communities" matching grant in the amount of $60,000 to support Teaching Iowa History.  

Teaching Iowa History:

  • identifies Iowa historians - local, academic, subject matter experts, and more;
  • curates a digital collection of Iowa history content and primary sources; 
  • creates instructional resources for K-12 teachers; 
  • offers professional development around teaching Iowa history with primary sources; 
  • tests and models both instructional resources and professional development.
Looking for the Lesson Plans?

The lesson plans for this site will be created during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, using primary sources held in public collections.
     -- Fall Semester 2018:  University of Northern Iowa teaching methods classes will begin generating the lesson plans for grades 7-12.
     -- Spring semester 2019:  Simpson College classes will begin generating the lesson plans for grades K-6.  
Please visit again at the end of 2018 to see our first lesson plans!