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Elizabeth Meola Aaron teaches the graduate Seminar in Teaching History at Rutgers-Newark, a course developed to serve the needs of teachers and future teachers by connecting historical scholarship and best practices in teaching and learning.
Ms. Aaron graduated from New Jersey’s public schools and received her undergraduate degree cum laude in history and secondary education from Boston College, student teaching in the Newton, MA public schools. Her high school teaching experience includes teaching world history, civics, government, US History and Advanced Placement US History in the Asbury Park and Summit, NJ public schools.
She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Kean University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching History from Rutgers University-Newark. She is currently enrolled in the PhD program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark. Her professional extended learning includes summer institutes and seminars at, among others, Harvard, Duke, and the University of Virginia.
While teaching high school, Ms. Meola Aaron developed curriculum on the Smithsonian’s Seeds of Change exhibit, wrote history curriculum for a Monmouth County charter high school, designed programs to connect families of underserved students to the school and teachers to increase student achievement, supervised student government and service projects, developed public history programs run by high schools students for the Union County Four Centuries in a Weekend program, and designed and executed an oral history project with high school students to create a local archive, and was chosen as Teacher of the Year.
In 2011, she worked with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Skyhook Foundation to write curriculum and develop teaching and learning activities for teachers, coaches, and community leaders to use with high school students in conjunction with Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s book and movie about the Harlem Renaissance.
She is the director of the Gilder Lehrman US History Saturday Academy for high school students in Newark, developed and manages a city-wide history book club for teachers and students currently in its second year, and managed a four-year Teaching American History Grant for the Newark Public Schools from 2007-2011. In 2010 -2012 she serves as director of the national and state Picturing America conferences at the Newark Museum. She has served as guest lecturer as the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Summer Institutes for teachers and will present at the 2012 National Council for History Education annual meeting. She also acts as Outreach Coordinator in Public Education for the history department and Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark.
Seminar in Teaching History
1920s and the Great Depression