Leading and Exploring American Democracy (L.E.A.D) American History and Civics Resources


In 2019 the U.S. Department of Education awarded NCHE a Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics grant to provide innovative professional development in American history, civics, government, and geography for teachers in the School District of Osceola County, Florida over three years.   Content-rich LEAD resources, including online webinars,  classroom applications/lesson plans,  primary sources, and digital courses,  will be shared here.

 LEAD Topic Overview

Program Year 

LEAD Theme 


Creating and Defining a Nation (1492 -1789; Grades K-8)


Industrialization, the Great War & Civic Evolution (1878 -1920; Grades 9-12)


Preserving and Redefining a Nation (1789 -1865; Grades K-8)


Executive Power and World War (1920 -1945; Grades 9-12)


Reconstruction, Expansion and Civic Evolution (1865 - 1920; Grades K-8)


American Identity in a Global World: Cold War, Civil Rights and the Judiciary (1945- present; Grades 9-12)


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