New York – Philadelphia
Content Specialist: Dr. Jeff Nokes, Assistant Professor, BYU
Pedagogy Specialist: Cindy Ness, Alpine School District
The field study will begin in New York City and conclude in Philadelphia. Focusing on America’s Founding Fathers and Founding Principles, teachers will explore lower Manhattan, follow the footsteps of their immigrant ancestors at Ellis Island and visit the Statue of Liberty. Participants will have the unique opportunity to visit West Point Military Academy and stand where George Washington and Benedict Arnold changed the course of history. En route to Philadelphia, they will visit Morristown National Historic Park and the site of Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware. Time in the Philadelphia area will include experiences in Independence Hall Historical Park, Valley Forge, and the National Constitution Center. Participation in the field study will require rigorous physical activity.
In addition to an extensive curriculum of lectures and on-site instruction, teachers will read and discuss several scholarly academic texts, historical novels and pedagogical publications and resources. 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. Participants are expected to return to the classroom as teacher mentors in their school community.
- Tenement Museum
- Ellis Island
- The Grange
- Morris-Jumel Mansion
- West Point
- Morristown National Park
- Washington Crossing State Park
- 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 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.
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.
Professor of Pedagogy
Cindy Ness is a 28-year veteran of the public education system. She is the recipient of six educational grants and a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008, she received both the Middle School Alpine Spirit Award for Excellence in Education and a Crystal Apple for Excellence in Teaching.
Cindy joined the BYU history faculty in 2009. She taught American history courses and worked with prospective history and social studies teachers. She returned to the public classroom in 2012, while continuing to teach Independent Study courses at BYU. Cindy has taught US History & Education seminars throughout the state of Utah, including seven previous Larry H. Miller Driven 2 Teach History Seminars.
Cindy and her husband, Rob, have four children.