Beth A Twiss Houting

One of Beth's main responsibilities at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is educational programs. She organizes teacher professional development, oversees development of classroom resources, coordinates National History Day at HSP, and arranges for student visits to the library. She brings three decades of experiencing working with grades K12 in a variety of museum settings and has taught at the University of the Arts. Teachers and students should feel free to contact her for assistance with history education projects.

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The Pennsylvania Task Force on Economic Education and Financial Literacy Education just released a joint report and recommendations with the Departments of Education and Banking & Securities abut the trends and needs in school-based financial education.  While financial literacy and thrift education are not the same, they are closely related.  Sign up NOW for the Franklin's Thrift Summer Institute to discover how you can use thrift lessons as a way to literacy  Be ahead of the curve!


Yes, teachers in the early part of the 1900s sometimes acted as bank tellers gathering deposits of coins from their students!


Students often don't see the connections between the past and present.  This blog entry  - from AARP! - actually may provide ideas for teens. 


With the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg quickly approaching, HSP has posted a lesson plan which discusses the Battle of Gettysburg, using primary sources from its own archives!


Hit a home run with your students using sports to discuss historical issues!  With baseball season underway and the movie 42 in theaters, it's a great time to use the sports to discuss civil rights.  The story begins before Jackie Robinson was born though.


Philadelphia history can be used by teachers everywhere to explore many aspects of American history:


No April's Fool joke:  HSP just launched a new website resource that will be an excellent teaching tool for anyone covering the Depression.  Closed for Business features over 300 primary source documents relating to a bank closure in Philadelphia during that period.


Expand your skills and learn about American history while being a Teacher Fellow at the Historical Society of Philadelphia this summer.


The successful Thrift Teacher Institute of last summer will be offered again this year!  For five days in July (July 14-18), teachers of all grades and disciplines may join together at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to learn about thrift.  We will explore its historical roots and contemporary applications in ways that integrate the subject into lessons in history, civics, family & consumer science, financial literacy, and language arts. 


The Pennsylvania Department of Education through its Standards Aligned System  website provides Learning Communities around subjects of common interest.  Sally Flaherty who oversees Social  Studies has one with lots of resources for teaching about Gettysburg.