Through the Doors of Stratford

On February 2, 1959, four African American students entered Stratford Junior High School in Arlington, Virginia becoming the first students to integrate a public school in Virginia. The event ended the Virginia government’s policy of “massive resistance” designed to preserve segregation in all public schools in the state.

Through the Doors of Stratford is a series of online modules funded by Arlington Public Schools to teach high school students in Arlington about school desegregation from a history and government perspective. The modules ask students to analyze a variety of sources including photographs, maps, charts of data, editorial cartoons, court decisions, and video interviews with participants and scholars. Students learn historical and critical thinking skills as well as content — the “how” of history and government in addition to the “what.”

In Through the Doors of Stratford, students learn not only their own community’s past, but also how their local history can be understood in the context of Virginia and United States history and government.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring American History is an online course for K–12 teachers that emphasizes iterative learning, primary source analysis, and an active approach to studying history.

More than 400 K-12 teachers from a wide geographic area have taken this online course with a 95% completion rate.

Through a contract with the Virginia Department of Education, RRCHNM researched and developed the course content, designed the visual interface, and built the site in Drupal, using CHNM-developed custom modules to enable instructors to interact with students, and students with each other, in near real-time.