The Bringing History Home curriculum and professional development project was designed and piloted by a partnership between the University of Iowa and Washington Community School District in Iowa. Since the 2001-2003 Washington pilot, the program has been implemented in five additional Iowa school districts, with a seventh district beginning teacher professional development and implementation in 2010. To see a list of school districts with full BHH adoptions, click here.
The University of Iowa College of Education Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) has evaluated the project’s efficacy since the project began. Formal assessments conducted by the Center suggest BHH has a significant impact on student learning. Results from the Center’s study of BHH student learning outcomes are available on the CEA website.
Developing the history lesson plans and material on this site has been a labor of love for many people. Whether in front of the classroom or behind a web server, each participant shares a passion for history, children, and education. The Bringing History Home project is a testament to the process of working together toward a common goal. We hope you will find our material as engaging and helpful as we do and we offer it here, free.
To contact BHH personnel, please visit our Contacts page.
Bringing History Home School Districts
Washington Community Schools in Washington, Iowa
Creston Community Schools in Creston, Iowa
Maquoketa Community Schools in Maquoketa, Iowa
Perry Community Schools in Perry, Iowa
BCLUW Community Schools in Beaman, Conrad, Liscomb, Union and Whitten, Iowa
Prairie Independent Schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids Community Schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alburnett & Central City Community Schools
Bringing History Home has been funded by three U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grants.
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Bringing History Home is now in all K-5 classrooms in the Cedar Rapids CSD and Prairie College Community
Dr. Catherine Denial of Knox College has been the BHH lead historian since the project began nine years ago.