Boston – Philadelphia

Boston Gardens
Freedom Trail
Lexington and Concord
Lexington & Concord
West Point
West Point
Constitution Center
Constitution Center
Valley Forge
Valley Forge
Independence Hall
Independence Hall

June 13–19

Content Specialist: Dr. Jay H. Buckley, Associate Professor, BYU
Pedagogy Specialist: Dr. Jeff Nokes, Assistant Professor, BYU

The field study “Founding Fathers and Founding Principles” will begin in Boston and conclude in Philadelphia. Teachers will hike the historic Freedom Trail through Boston, explore the world of John and Sam Adams, and listen to the echoes of the shots heard around the world at Lexington and Concord. En route to Philadelphia, they will visit places like West Point and Morristown National Historic Park. Time in the Philadelphia area will include a presentation at the National Constitution Center and tours through Benjamin Franklin's environs, Independence Hall, and Valley Forge. In addition to an extensive curriculum of lectures and on-site instruction, teachers will read and discuss several scholarly monographs and pedagogy publications and resources.

Teachers will be expected to be in sufficient physical condition to hike the Freedom Trail (3 miles) and participate in other physical activities. Prior to attending the field study, participants will be expected to complete numerous assignments and readings; including participation in a pre-travel and post-travel pedagogy and content seminars. The purpose of the pre- and post-seminars are to facilitate the meshing of the content and the curriculum. Participants are expected to return to the classroom as teacher mentors in their school community.

Boston to Philadelphia map


  • Walk the Boston Freedom Trail
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Lexington and Concord
  • West Point
  • Morristown
  • Walking Tour of Philadelphia
  • National Constitution Center
  • Independence Hall After Hours
  • Valley Forge

Apply for Field Study

Apply as Individual

Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American History are welcome to apply as an individual participant. Applicants must have a continuing contract for the 2016-2017 school year and may not have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2012.

Apply as Individual

Apply as Team

Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American history or historical literature may apply as a collaborative team. Each team member must have a continuing contract for the 2016-2017 school year and all team members must teach at the same school. None of the team members may have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2012.

Apply as Team


Jay Buckley

Dr. Jay Buckley

Professor of Historical Content

Jay H. Buckley (PhD, Nebraska) joined the BYU history faculty in Fall 2001. He teaches American West and American Indian history courses and directs the Native American Studies minor program. His specialties include Lewis & Clark, exploration & migration, Indian-white relations, fur trade, and other western themes.

Jay currently serves as the President of the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. An Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, Jay is the author of William Clark: Indian Diplomat and co-author of By His Own Hand?: The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis; Orem [Utah]; and Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson,and The Opening of the American West.

Jay and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three children.

Jeff Nokes

Dr. Jeff Nokes

Professor of Pedagogy

Jeff Nokes is an assistant professor in the History Department at BYU where he works with prospective history and social studies teachers. His research interests include history teaching, democratic instructional methods, and nurturing secondary students’ historical literacies. Jeff taught for 14 years in the Jordan School District at Elk Ridge Middle School and Bingham High School. He was named Utah’s Outstanding High School History Teacher of the Year in 2005 by the Utah Council for the Social Studies.