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Center on History and Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

About Us


Established in 2012, The Center on History and Education encourages new scholarship in the history of education as this rich history is told across local institutions, organizations, and informal settings. Drawing from this research, the Center supports critical inquiry into history education and innovative strategies for teaching history that speak to the lived narratives of students in the K-12 public school classroom. The Center on History and Education has joined, in support of these initiatives, with the Programs in History and Education and Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Given our place in the nation’s largest, most diverse city, a primary consideration of the Center is to encourage an in-depth look at the history of education in New York City. Our interest is to examine this history from the perspective of the city’s changing neighborhoods, its educational, cultural, municipal, and religious institutions, and the social histories of those who have made New York City their home. With local history as our guide, the Center on History and Education is committed to developing history pedagogy for young learners and supporting public history initiatives that reach cross-sections of neighborhoods and communities, address the relationship between historical illiteracy and social and economic inequality, and encourage engagement in American civic and political life.

Toward these objectives, the Center establishes forums for scholarship and discussion within and outside the university community, fosters collaborations with public school communities, develops digital platforms that capture the historical process, and cultivates partnerships with New York City educational and cultural institutions.

The Center on History and Education wishes to acknowledge the generous support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a gift from Teachers College Trustee Sue Ann Weinberg.