Catholic University recently celebrated IDEA History Teacher Bill Stevens for his 2018 History Teacher of the Year Award from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The article, published on the University's website, reads, "Following his award, in the summer of 2019 Bill participated in the Institute’s Teacher Seminar, a program for K-12 teachers involving presentations by leading professors, visits to historical sites, and work with primary source documents. Looking back from the perspective of this experience, he reflects on how his time in the Department of History has influenced him in the classroom."
In his interview with Catholic, Mr. Stevens talked about incorporating National History Day into his curriculum this year. Scholars will create National History Day projects based on the abolition movement.
The article continues, "As Bill read his students’ NHD project proposals last week, he was excited to see the diverse list of individual abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison, Mary Ann Cary Shadd, Anthony Bowen, and Sarah Parker Remond incorporated. “I’m also hopeful that events like Nat Turner’s rebellion, ‘The Pearl’ affair, and the Christiana Uprising will allow my students to confront the myth found in textbooks, that events that challenged slavery generally came in the form of compromises or speeches that took place in the halls and houses of Congress. Tykirah, a student in my 3rd Period, captured this engagement and hope in her National History Day proposal: ‘During those times in history when racism seemed to be overwhelming, he [William Lloyd Garrison], as a white man, chose to help those different than himself… It is more than I would expect, and I can’t wait to tell this story.’
“I agree with Tykirah. Building on the examples provided to me by my professors at Catholic University, the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar better prepared me to communicate this important content and, like Tykirah, I can’t wait to tell this story!”