Author's Notes

About the Book

Bringing History Home shares ideas about how to make the teaching of high school history both an intellectual challenge and an experiential adventure. The book focuses on mobilizing pedagogy and curriculum through a variety of activities and resources–music, poetry, field trips, simulations, crafts, current news and civics–to deepen students’ involvement with the subject matter. Studying history is important and classes should be memorable. Bringing History Home was written to provide support and inspiration to education majors, newly minted teachers, seasoned professionals, and interested parents.

It bears repeating that our public school system is the “Cornerstone of Our Democracy.”  The book celebrates what is possible in our public schools when teachers enjoy a measure of creative freedom and students are encouraged to think critically and creatively. This is not hypothetical. It is history. It’s happened, and it happens every day.


About the Author

Bill Schechter, a proud graduate of New York City’s PS 95 and De Witt Clinton H.S., received an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and did graduate work at Harvard, Berkeley, and Goddard College. He worked as a public school teacher in Massachusetts for 35 years, later serving as a practicum supervisor for the Tufts University and UMass-Boston graduate education programs.

Events & Appearances

If you would like to discuss the book with Bill, or invite him to speak to your group or class, you can reach him by email.