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Teaching “Untold” History Summer Institute


July 10-12, 2015

East Side Middle School

331 E. 91st St.

New York, NY  10128

Please join us for an exciting and invigorating weekend as we explore ways to engage multiple historical perspectives in the classroom.  Historians, master teachers and curriculum specialists will lead intimate, interactive weekend-long workshops, out of which will come tangible curriculum designed for teaching some of the most controversial topics in recent history.  Director Oliver Stone and Historian Peter Kuznick, co-writers of the Showtime documentary series Untold History of the United States and companion book, are scheduled* to participate.  Stone and Kuznick keynoted the 2013 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in St. Louis, the 2013 conference of the American Library Association, and have spoken at more than 50 other engagements since the release of Untold History in 2012.

The institute’s ultimate goal is to establish methods that empower students to think critically about history and the world around them, so that they may become better informed participants in the democratic process.  Though historiographically focused, the workshops will also attempt to critique historiographical approaches to instruction.  Ultimately, we will publish our curricular products on the Untold History website, making them available to teachers across the country and around the world.

The institute, which will run from Friday at noon through Sunday at 4 p.m., is open to all middle and high school US History teachers.  Topics of concentration will include “Moving Beyond the Textbook,” “Globalizing US History” and “Deconstructing Engrained Narratives.”  This experience will be valuable for:

Middle and High School US History Teachers working with Common Core requirements

Middle and High School US History Teachers working in non-Common Core environments

AP teachers

IB teachers

Any teacher interested in developing ways to teach multiple perspectives to diverse groups of students.

There is a $200 fee to attend, which covers the cost of speakers and 2 meals/day.  Attendees will also receive:

Continuing education certificates

Copies of Untold History DVD, book and Young Readers’ Edition

Resources produced from the workshop

Networking opportunities with public historians, academics and curriculum specialists

Copies of the Untold History of the United States curriculum guide, designed to accompany each episode of the documentary series

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard New York Marriott Upper East Side.  Rooms with 1 king bed are $195/nt, 2 queen beds $215/nt.  It will be possible to share rooms in order to minimize costs.  To reserve space, please contact Eric Singer at

Currently Scheduled Workshop Leaders:

Stephen Armstrong, Connecticut Social Studies Consultant

Past President, National Council for the Social Studies


Craig J. Perrier, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA

High School Social Studies/History Specialist

Adjunct History Professor: Northeastern University

2013 Longview Foundation Grant: Globalizing US History


Robert Sandler, Stuyvesant High School, US History Teacher

2014 Gilder Lehrman New York State History Teacher of the Year

2013 NCSS Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year


Other Notable Attendees:

David Getz

Principal, East Side Middle School


Dr. Peter J. Kuznick, Professor of History, American University

Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer

Author, Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America

Co-Author, Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives

Co-Author, The Truth Behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power

Co-Author, The Untold History of the United States

Co-Editor, Rethinking Cold War Culture


Dr. Eric S. Singer, MEd, PhD, Historian

Principal Researcher and Educational Outreach Coordinator: Untold History of the United States

Adapter of Volumes 3 and 4 of The Untold History of the United States: Young Readers’ Edition


Oliver Stone, Director and Three-Time Academy Award Winner*

Co-Author, The Untold History of the United States

Oscar for Best Director, Born on the Fourth of July

Oscar for Best Director, Platoon

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Midnight Express


For more information on institute content, lodging options or to register, please contact:

Eric Singer, MEd, PhD

Principal Researcher and Educational Outreach Coordinator

Untold History Education Project

(410) 830-9789

*Oliver Stone’s attendance is not guaranteed at this time