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James A. Percoco
James A. Percoco is a nationally recognized history educator with over thirty-three years of service to American education. His booksA Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of US HistoryandDivided We Stand: Teaching About Conflict in US Historyare staples in collegiate social studies methods courses across the United States. Percoco has pioneered the combination of public education with public history utilizing public history opportunities throughout his curriculum. Thirty-six of his students have worked for the National Park Service, and several of them are currently in leadership positions. Many of his former students also became social studies/history teachers.
A prolific speaker, Percoco demonstrates how to use historic sites and museums as adjuncts to his teaching and has modeled his approach in countless inservice programs nationally.
Pulitzer Prize winning author and biographer David McCullough has called Percoco “a national treasure,” and Yohuru Williams has dubbed Percoco “America’s History Teacher.”
Percoco is a Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year (Virginia) and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011.
In Take the Journey: Teaching American History Through Place-Based Learning, author, historian, and educator James Percoco invites you and your students to the places where many events in American history happened. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile National Heritage area encompassing such historic sites as the Gettysburg battlefield and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Though it might prove difficult to visit these particular sites with your students, Percoco argues that every community has a story that can be connected to larger themes in American history and that placed-based history education can be made a part of every classroom, from Nevada to Washington to Pennsylvania.
Filled with students’ voices and an enthusiasm for American history, Take the Journey offers the following:
Practical and easy-to-implement lessons
Specific directions for employing place-based best practices in the classroom
Ways to meet state standards without sacrificing teacher creativity or hands-on learning
Lists of resources and primary source materials
So bring your students along and let them discover the twists and turns offered by history and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
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