AHA Online Teacher Institute in World History

Michele Rotunda Discussion

AHA Online Teacher Institute in World History

July 31–August 4, 2023 

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its involvement in the creation of the C3 Framework, the AHA will convene a weeklong professional development institute via Zoom for K–12 teachers of world history (including dual-enrollment courses).

2023 Teacher Institute: Is Democracy in Crisis?

The five sessions in this week-long program will explore how teachers can channel one of the most pressing questions in global current events to engage students in the world history classroom. Historian Kenneth Pomeranz will lead participants through analysis of the efforts of leading historians to contextualize the political, social, and economic forces driving a resurgence of authoritarianism around the globe. Understanding today’s international news requires careful consideration of many of the issues around which teachers organize surveys of world history: competing models of sovereign authority; the expansion of global capitalism; the Cold War and its legacies; the enduring power of ethnonationalism; and the ongoing reverberations of imperialism, decolonization, and racial discrimination. The institute will focus on providing participants with content knowledge, primary sources, and lessons that can be applied directly topics covered in many state standards for world history from the Neolithic to the present.

Application and Registration Information

The AHA will begin accepting applications for the Teacher Institute on June 1. We will post the application link here. Our program committee will begin reviewing applications on June 15 but will continue to accept submissions until 11:59 p.m. PT on June 29. We encourage you to apply as early as possible; space is limited, and we will accept applicants on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive decision notifications on or before July 3, along with a registration link, and successful applicants will have until July 17 to register and pay a small fee. The fee to participate is $30 for AHA members and $50 for nonmembers. The Teacher Institute will convene from July 31-August 4. Most workshops and events will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. ET.


Participants will join five two-hour sessions in Zoom over five days between July 31 and August 4. Sessions will include: 

  • A public webinar on the global crisis in democracy, also part of the AHA’s History Behind the Headlines series bringing together historians with expertise in different regions of the world
  • Scholarly presentations on the state of the field in world history with featured historian Kenneth Pomeranz
  • Discussions and exercises highlighting primary sources that might be used to illustrate topics covered in many state standards 
  • A hands-on pedagogy workshop tailored specifically to the challenges of the secondary world history classroom
  • Access to free primary and secondary sources, as well as a curated collection of AHA teaching resources related to the theme of the institute
  • The opportunity to interact with historians and build a network of fellow world history teachers 

Participants will be expected to read short primary and secondary sources in advance of individual sessions. 

Featured Historian 

Kenneth Pomeranz is a University Professor of History at the University of Chicago and former president of the American Historical Association. His publications include The Great Pergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA and shared the World History Association book prize; The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853–1937 (1993), which also won the Fairbank Prize; and The World that Trade Created (with Steven Topik, 1st ed. 1999, 3rd ed. 2012). He has also edited or co-edited five books, and was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Global History.


Questions about the Teacher Institute can be emailed to Brendan Gillis, AHA manager of teaching and learning, at bgillis@historians.org.