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Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

August 1, 2005
To: Education Reporters, Editors, Producers
From: Amy Cowles — (443) 287-9904 — amycowles@jhu.edu
Re: New approaches to teaching U.S. history

How will the next generation of kids learn about United States history? An innovative two-day conference in Baltimore will provide a detailed preview of how the nation's teachers will take on the challenge of teaching U.S. history in the digital age. Hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Social Organization of Schools, the conference will bring together 65 history and social studies teachers from 10 states; these educators will review the new edition of "A History of US" (Oxford University Press) along with the accompanying curriculum materials developed by Johns Hopkins curriculum writers at CSOS.

"A History of US" is an acclaimed and approachable series of 10 books written by Joy Hakim, a former reporter, editor and teacher, who was inspired to write the books after seeing how bored her own kids were with their history textbooks.

Hakim will give the keynote address at 2 p.m. on Friday, when she'll talk about the impact narrative history techniques can have in the classroom. The conference is open to reporters interested in covering this event. To attend, please contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960 or Mary Maushard at 410-516-8810. For background on the teaching materials, see: www.csos.jhu.edu/tdms/new/conferences/history.pdf.

WHEN: Thursday, August 4, and Friday, August 5
WHERE: Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
100 Village Square
Baltimore, Md. 21210

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