Teaching Iowa History Project Background

Building a community of practice around teaching Iowa history with primary sources held in public collections in support of Iowa Social Studies Standards.
New Iowa Social Studies Standards provide the opportunity to embed the teaching of Iowa history in grades K-12 for the first time in over a decade.  The Iowa Museum Association is working with partners statewide to provide Iowa history content and instructional resources to support Iowa's teachers in meeting the new standards.    For background on the need for this project, see the Iowa History Advisory Council report below.

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 will:

~identify a broad range of Iowa historians - local, academic, subject matter experts, and more, creating a database of experts to aid in the creation of instructional resources;
~curate a digital collection of Iowa history content and primary sources;
~create instructional resources for K-12 teachers;
~create a professional development template for teaching to the new standards;
~test and model both instructional resources and professional development.

The new Iowa Social Studies Standards are posted here.