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.