Debating U.S. History (DUSH) is a comprehensive college-readiness curriculum and professional learning community that transforms the traditional Regents-assessed New York State 11th grade U.S. History and Government Social Studies survey class through genuine, engaging historical inquiry coupled with academic literacy strategies.

The Debating U.S. History Curriculum:

  • Engages students through genuine historical inquiry;
  • Focuses on historical thinking skills that will be assessed on the new U.S. History and Government Regents Exam;
  • Supports teaching the high school U.S. History survey course not as a story to be memorized, but as events to be interpreted using documentary evidence;
  • Complicates conventional stories to take a clear-eyed look at injustice, social conflict, and change past and present;
  • Embeds explicit reading and writing strategies with content learning to prepare students for the demands of college-level study in the social sciences;
  • Provides all the materials needed to teach the full-year course in customizable formats.

The Debating U.S. History Professional Learning Community features:

  • A unique and powerful professional community focused on collegial and active learning that directly addresses classroom practice and is based in the actual materials teachers are using;
  • A two-day summer training and six full-day professional development sessions during the academic year where teachers hone strategies for general academic and history-specific literacy instruction;
  • Focused work within these sessions to facilitate adapting the curriculum to specific classroom contexts;
  • Individual classroom visits to participating teachers to support them in implementing the program and adapting it to their needs.

Contact us to inquire about joining our Professional Learning Community and to access lesson materials adapted to remote instruction.