"Who Built America?" Study

Jim Diamond

Dr. Jim Diamond has received an award to examine the effectiveness of the Who Built America? badge system—a new approach to online professional development for social studies teachers—developed by the American Social History Project and Electric Funstuff. Funded by the HASTAC Digital Media and Learning Competition, with funding to support the award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jim Diamond’s study will examine whether and how the badge system meets its goals to help social studies teachers develop lessons that align with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The study has the potential to offer valuable insights into how to help teachers integrate discipline-specific reading and writing instruction into their practices. Findings can also advance the field’s knowledge of badges as a form of professional development and help identify strategies to provide teachers with support and mentorship as they learn and apply new skills.

Last Updated: February 2013