This summer, Aaron Book, a U.S. history and government teacher at Tunstall High School, traveled to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, to attend a weeklong graduate-level professional development seminar entitled “Presidents at War: McKinley to Obama.”

Led by historian Jeffrey Engel, of the SMU Center for Presidential History, the seminar explored the way American presidents have waged war and led during wartime and their policies at home and abroad, in order to better understand their role as leaders and the nation’s role in the world.



The seminar also included a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

Book was one of only 30 teachers from across the United States who were selected in a competitive process by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Held at universities and historic sites across the U.S., the various seminars included daily programs with leading historians, visits to local historic site, and hands-on work with primary source documents provided by the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Full room and board and a travel allowance were provided to all participants.

“This was my second selection as a Gilder Lehrman seminar attendee, and it remains the most outstanding professional development experience of my 20 years in education,” Book said.

—Special to the Register & Bee

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