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History and education faculty work with area teachers

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This past June, North Central faculty members Ann Durkin Keating, Will Barnett and Nancy Keiser served as resident scholars to some 42 teachers from five local school districts.

The K-12 teachers took part in the Teaching American History Summer Institute professional development program at North Central’s campus. They focused their study on the 1960s and attended lectures, toured locations, including a trip to Washington, D.C., and conducted oral history interviews with longtime Naperville residents. Among those interviewed was The Rev. George St. Angelo ’43, former College chaplain, and his wife Betty.

Keating is the Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, Barnett is assistant professor of history and coordinator of environmental studies, and Keiser is associate professor of education and coordinator of teacher education.

Teaching American History: Sharing the Past, Shaping the Future is a three-year professional development program for history and social studies teachers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and granted to Indian Prairie School Districts 204 on behalf of a consortium of area school districts. Written and administered by Naper Settlement, in partnership with North Central College, this teacher professional development program serves educators in five area school districts: 129, 131, 200, 203 and 204.