Susie Gerard of Spokane Public Schools introduces the American Perspectives course, designed to put the “us” in U.S. history.
About the development of the course
Susie Gerard, a social studies teacher with 30 years of teaching experience, who now coordinates social studies instruction in seven Spokane Public Schools high schools, shared with our League how she developed a course and textbook for the new American History course, American Perspectives. When Susie Gerard looked for a textbook of American History, she sought one which would be written from a range of viewpoints and would cover significant, but sometimes overlooked, historical events. She learned that this kind of textbook did not exist; and so she created a new textbook. Going to primary sources, she researched narratives from Americans whose “voices” have not always been heard. Students provided input into the course; teachers met many times to develop it; and members of the community, representing a range of perspectives on multicultural education, provided feedback on its content.