Launched in 2016 with a group of middle- and high-school teachers in New Jersey, WW HistoryQuest blends games, play, and digital tools to transform both teacher practice and student engagement. Developed in partnership with the New York City-based Institute of Play, the program helps teachers introduce game-based learning in their classrooms, applying the principles of design thinking, strategy, resources, and variables to historical situations in ways that appeal to teachers and students.
The fifty-seven new WW HistoryQuest Fellows for 2017 hail from forty-three schools in thirty-three districts across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey. In July, the fellows will gather in Princeton for a week-long training, followed by additional sessions — including virtual workshops and individual coaching — during the 2017-18 school year. All fellows were nominated by their schools and/or districts and chosen through a rigorous selection process.
"These are impressive teachers who will seize the opportunity that HistoryQuest program offers," said Stephanie J. Hull, Woodrow Wilson Foundation executive vice president and chief operating officer. "Some already use games in the classroom, and others are looking for new instructional strategies. They are all committed to presenting U.S. history in a way that is fresh and engaging — that gets students to think creatively about the forces and decisions that drive historic events and movements. Game-based learning does that. It draws students in."
For a complete list of the 2017 WW HistoryQuest Fellows, see the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation website.