As a unique collaboration of units across Iowa State University and the state of Iowa, “Teaching and Learning Iowa History” is a much-needed response to the lack of resources related to Iowa state history education. Despite the statewide interest in Iowa history as documented by the Department of Cultural Affairs, there are few opportunities to learn about it – especially history related to social justice and diversity. The Iowa Department of Education (IDOE) has surveyed teachers across the state and found that there are currently very few social studies education professional development opportunities for Iowa teachers (Social Studies, A Call to Action report, 2015).
“Teaching and Learning Iowa History” helps to fill that void by providing an innovative approach to connecting the general public, university students, and pre- and in-service teachers interested in learning more about state history.
The Teaching Iowa History Series is designed with the following three objectives in mind:
The course will be formatted with content modules in two strands: 1) the Civil Rights Movement and anti-Black racism in Iowa, and 2) Iowa Indians and struggles for sovereignty and representation.