Why Ransom Everglades Turned to Milestone Documents to Boost Understanding of Primary Sources

by Beth Dempsey  ·  December 02, 2014

Located on two campuses in Miami, Ransom Everglades School is a private institution with a 100-plus-year tradition of providing its students (grades 6 through 12) with an educational environment that promotes academic excellence and intellectual growth. The school has an active scholarship program, recruiting bright, driven youth who are rewarded with a rigorous curriculum and solid preparation for higher education.

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  • Milestone Documents Expands to Serve High School U.S. and World History Courses

    by Beth Dempsey  ·  March 18, 2014

    The innovative primary source reader renowned as a powerful digital alternative to traditional texts is now available to support high school U.S. and World History courses. Used in college classrooms since 2011, Milestone Documents has been embraced by instructors for its ability to help students engage with, analyze, and understand primary sources. The service pairs 1,600 key historical documents with expert, original commentary—including superb, in-depth coverage of America’s founding works—from a global network of 300 historians and educators. With a price tag of just $15 per student per year, it’s accessible to a wide range of schools and school districts.

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  • Milestone Documents Expands to Provide New Content

    by Beth Dempsey  ·  March 04, 2014

    Milestone Documents is expanding the courses it can serve as an innovative, affordable, digital alternative to traditional textbooks and document readers. The resource now includes a rich set of key documents in Chinese, African American, and Comparative Religious history, supported with Milestone Documents’ hallmark analyses created by a global network of university scholars. Each area is accessible via Milestone Documents’ streaming platform at a remarkably low cost to students: $19.95 for a full semester of unlimited access.

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  • Using Milestone Docs in a Survey Course

    by Neil Schlager  ·  October 14, 2013

    Judging by what I see in my social media feeds, instructors who teach the history survey are forever tweaking their course design and overall approach. And with good reason: what a daunting prospect it must be to cover the massive amount of eras/subjects that are possible when teaching the U.S., World, or Western Civ survey course. Because our service is so flexible and can work with a wide diversity of course designs, I thought it might be interesting to highlight some of the approaches that our adopting professors take with the survey course.

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  • Building Milestone Docs with the Help of our Adopting Professors

    by Neil Schlager  ·  October 02, 2013

    Here at Milestone Documents, we work closely with our community of educators to continually hone the format, content, and features of our service. A unique digital resource that costs students just $19.95/semester, Milestone Documents combines 1,400 key historical documents with expert analysis from a global network of scholars. It also includes a peer-reviewed textbook layer for the big survey courses in U.S. history, world history, and Western Civ, plus pedagogical support developed by the Editors in Chief of our various subject areas.

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  • Case Study: Creating Active Learners at the University of Colorado Denver

    by Neil Schlager  ·  March 22, 2013

    The problem with teaching history, says Pam Laird, a professor at the University of Colorado Denver, is that the content is so naturally engaging that it requires very little polish to turn a lecture into a performance that wins high student evaluations. As a result, historians can be lulled into believing that reciting their “wonderful stories” in the classroom translates to effective education. Laird notes that, in fact, many of these faculty are superb teachers in the sense that they engage students with their lectures, work enthusiastically with the students who come to see them, and their students often serve as cheerful ambassadors for history studies.

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  • Case Study: Karen Linkletter Turns Up the Heat on American Studies at Cal State-Fullerton

    by Neil Schlager  ·  August 30, 2012

    Case Study: Karen Linkletter Turns Up the Heat on American Studies at Cal State-Fullerton

    At California State University at Fullerton, the average student is anything but. Located in Metropolitan Los Angeles, the campus reflects the rich diversity of its urban setting, with a student body that includes those who are working full time while they pursue their degrees, homemakers returning to complete their education, and lifelong learners as well as the traditional fresh high school grads, all within an extraordinary age range. It can be a knotty affair for faculty in the classroom. Such a diverse student body can mean that class composition—and the resulting class personality—can shift dramatically between day and night classes and from semester to semester. “A lot of my students are the first in their family to attend college,” says American Studies Lecturer Karen Linkletter.

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  • American Frontier: Week of August 20

    by Marcia Merryman-Means  ·  August 20, 2012

    American Frontier: Week of August 20

    In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature the Homestead Act, Frederick Jackson Turner: “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” John Ross: Memorial to Congress, Adriaen van der Donck: Description of the New-Netherlands, Elinore Pruitt Stewart: Letters of a Woman Homesteader, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the Battle of Sand Creek: Editorials and Congressional Testimony.

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  • American Frontier: Week of August 13

    by Marcia Merryman-Means  ·  August 13, 2012

    American Frontier: Week of August 13

    In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature Charles Siringo: A Texas Cow Boy, Dame Shirley: The Shirley Letters from California Mines, Catherine Sager Pringle: Across the Plains in 1844, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Ely Parker: Report on Indian Affairs to the War Department, the Pacific Railway Act, and the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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  • American Frontier: Week of August 6

    by Marcia Merryman-Means  ·  August 06, 2012

    American Frontier: Week of August 6

    In August we are highlighting the American Frontier, from discovery and exploration to westward expansion. This week we feature Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, William Henry Seward: Speech on the Admission of California to Statehood, John Quincy Adams: Diary Entries on the Adams-Onís Treaty, John C. Frémont: The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California, the Joint Resolution of Congress for the Annexation of Texas, Thomas Jefferson: Letter to Indiana Territory Governor William H. Harrison, and Samuel de Champlain: Voyages.

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