New York – Washington, DC

Ellis Island
Ellis Island
New York
New York
Hopewell Furnace NHP
Hopewell Furnance NHP
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

June 12–18

Content Specialist: Dr. Jay H. Buckley, Assistant Professor, BYU
Pedagogy Specialist: Cindy Ness, Alpine School District

Driven2Teach will sponsor a field study in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. exploring the evolution of civil rights in the United States, comparing and contrasting differences in the North and the South. Participants will analyze the industrial North and agricultural South and explore the political, economic and ethnic/social inequality within each region. They will recognize how the fight for social, economic and political equality within and between each region led to the American Civil War, and how that fight continues on today. Field study participants will analyze significant events, leaders, individuals and groups that played a role in the fight for civil rights, and visit locations, battlefields and museums that chronicle the evolution of these rights over time.

Participants will study the immigration experience in NYC at Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the Tenement Museums. They will study the lives of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants and how they became American citizens. An optional night tour of NYC is available for participants. Participants will then travel to Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, participate in water and land tours of the mill, and discover the human stories of the workers who worked and lived at the textile and locomotive factory. Teachers will travel to Kykuit and tour the Rockefeller Mansion of the industrialist John D. Rockefeller, juxtaposing the experience of the owner and the mill workers. At Hopewell Furnace National Historic Park (PA), participants will have a hands on experience in mining and smelting at an iron mine and forge and will visit a stop on the Underground Railroad. Teachers will participate in a guided tour of Gettysburg National Battlefield. In Richmond (VA) and visit the Richmond National Battlefield Park and “White House” of the Confederacy. From Richmond participants will travel to Washington, D.C. They will study the slave trade in the nation’s Capital. They will visit the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and participate in an educational seminar, in addition they will visit Ford's Theater. In Washington, D.C., teachers will visit numerous museums, monuments and sites relevant to their content area, take an evening tour of the Mall, and have the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery. Time on the bus will be devoted to content lectures, pedagogy presentations, book groups and collaboration. The Understanding Civil Rights in the United States Field Seminar is open to both Level I (8th grade) & Level II (10th grade) educators.

New York Philadelphia Map


  • Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Ellis Island
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • Central Synagogue
  • American Irish History Society
  • The Rockefeller Estate
  • Hopewell Furnace, PA
  • Walking Tour of Philadelphia
  • White House of the Confederacy
  • American History Museum
  • MT. Vernon
  • National Archives Museum

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.

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Jay Buckley

Dr. Jay Buckley

Professor of Historical Content

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

An Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, Professor Buckley is the author or co-author of six books including William Clark: Indian Diplomat; By His Own Hand?: The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis; Orem [Utah]; Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and The Opening of the American West; Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier; and, Explorers of the American West: Mapping the World through Primary Documents (w/ Jeffery D. Nokes).

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

Cindy Ness

Cindy Ness

Professor of Pedagogy

Cindy Ness is a 30-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.