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CHE History Labs to be Presented at Maryland Social Studies Conference in October

Teacher participants in the Center's History Labs Program with Baltimore County Public Schools will present their work at the annual Maryland Council for the Social Studies Conference on Friday, October 21st, at Bates Middle School in Annapolis. Registrations are being accepted now for in-service and pre-service teachers.

Catherine Holden, Franklin High School, will present her lab entitled "Considering Oliver North and the Iran-Contra Controversy." Wendy Schanberger, Hereford Middle School, and Lane Muth, Dumbarton Middle School, will present "History Labs: Boosting Student Achievement through Guided Historical Inquiry." The content focus of the session is the events that led to the American Revolution.

History Labs is an innovative, inquiry-based instructional method that places students in the role of historians. Utilizing an overarching question to drive the investigation, students examine source materials, analyzing their authorship for context and subtext, to construct evidence-based responses to the question. This approach increases engagement and achievement for students of all levels, and helps to meet the goals of the Common Core Standards for literacy in History/Social Studies.

The Maryland Council for the Social Studies (MDCSS) is a leading professional organization for social studies teachers in the state of Maryland and the state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). CHE History Labs will be presented at the NCSS Conference in Washington, D.C., from December 2-4, 2011.

The Baltimore County History Labs program is a Teaching American History partnership between the Baltimore County Public School System and the UMBC Center for History Education. For more information about History Labs, including several labs that have been published by the CHE, please visit Any questions about the Center for History Education and its programs can be sent to our email address,

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