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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Developing Freedom in America (DFA)?
  2. What are the benefits of this program?
  3. Who can participate?
  4. Why should I join?


What is Developing Freedom in America (DFA)?

DFA is a three-year TAH program of intensive professional development programming for fifty 5th, 8th, and 11th grade teachers, providing educators with the tools they need to deepen their students disciplinary understanding, American history content knowledge, and academic literacy. DFA will offer three professional development models for teacher participants:

  1. Saturday Seminars
  2. Online Collaboration
  3. Summer Institutes


What are the benefits of this program?

This program addresses the relative absence of specific subject matter preparation on the part of U.S. history teachers and low levels of literacy and overall achievement rates among both the Native English Speaker (NES) and English Learner (EL) student populations in U.S. history courses. The Teaching American History Collaborative will include the following:

  1. Presentations of standards-based traditional American history by professional historians.
  2. Mentoring by experienced grade level coaches and professional historians for teachers of U.S. history.
  3. Instruction in strategies for teaching U.S. history to English Learners and students with low literacy in English.
  4. Coaching in historical methodology strategies designed to provide teachers and students with methods to analyze and evaluate U.S. history sources.
  5. Training in reading comprehension strategies for U.S. history instructional texts, additional primary and secondary sources


Who can participate?

The Department of Education awarded the DFA to provide professional development for fifty 5th, 8th, 11th grade American history teachers of Tulare County. Priority will be given to teachers of Program Improvement schools.


Why should I join?

In addition, teachers who participate in the full DFA program will also be eligible to receive the following for each of the next three years:
  1. Standards-aligned and research-based curriculum
  2. Presentations by scholars
  3. Opportunities to engage with their grade-level colleagues and teachers across the region
  4. The opportunity to purchase university extension credits
  5. Annual stipends