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Increasing Diversity in Teaching Through Women and the American Story (WAMS)

September 8, 2022

Wonder how to bring in a women’s voice into the classroom?

This webinar will introduce you to the New York Historical Society’s curriculum program Women and the American Story. WAMS is the flagship education initiative of the New-York Historical Society’s (N-YHS) Center for Women’s History. This dynamic free curriculum (available at wams.nyhistory.org) provides teachers and students with information about the myriad roles women played in shaping United States history. Currently, only 13% of the individuals featured in history textbooks are women, despite the fact that women have always been 50% of American history. WAMS is designed to address this problem, by providing teachers with a diverse array of women’s voices to incorporate into their daily instruction. While primarily a US history curriculum, it includes highlights on women in the arts and in STEM, as well as arts-integration lessons, in each of the units. Using WAMS, we seek to make the history taught in our classrooms more inclusive, accurate, and engaging. During this session, we will focus on the era encompassing the Women’s Liberation Movement, but will also introduce all curricular sections which can be utilized throughout the school year.

  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact Arizona Department of Education.
  • Contact Name: Linda Burrows
  • Email Address: Linda.Burrows@azed.gov