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.