Fellowship Program Initiated To Encourage Games in Civics Instruction
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has initiated
a program to help middle and high school American history teachers
games, play and digital tools into their classrooms.
In a partnership with the Institute
of Play, the foundation
has created the Woodrow
Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship that will allow teachers
who are nominated and accepted for fellowships to attend an
intensive summer workshop, followed by a 10-month program of
The foundation's goal is to make classroom social
civics instruction more innovative, interactive and accessible to
"Today's students, second-generation digital natives,
been immersed in interactive technology for much of their lives," said
Wilson Foundation Executive Vice President and COO Stephanie J. Hull.
can make a significant difference in the way they grasp complex topics
history. They give teachers a new way to approach classroom objectives."
The fellowships will be offered at no cost to
their districts and the first workshop, planned for teachers in New
planned for this summer.
During the summer workshop and the follow-up program,
- Experience the playing, modification and design of
are mapped to content standards;
- Experiment with games in the classroom setting;
- Experiment with off-the-shelf commercial games in the
- Learn how to create assessment tools that incorporate
of games in the classroom;
- Integrate games into a larger curriculum; and
- Learn how to design games themselves as part of
"This program isn't just about learning how to use
games," said Institute of Play Professional Development Director Rebecca
Rufo-Tepper, "but also about how using games can help teachers to
Hull added that the HistoryQuest Fellowship is part
foundation's long-term goal of improving teacher preparation.
For more information or to nominate a teacher for a
fellowship, go to woodrow.org.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.