Welcome to the official website of the American Studies Association's K-16 Collaboration Committee. This site is home to a community of K-12 and college/university educators who are committed to promoting collaboration and curriculum development in American studies at all educational levels. The committee facilitates the sharing of innovative, interdisciplinary teaching practices as well as successful models of K-12/university partnerships. The committee also sponsors the “Focus on Teaching” day at the annual American Studies Association meeting. The “Focus on Teaching” day is usually held on the Saturday of the conference, and it includes a full day of interactive panels on the practice of teaching American studies in K-16 classrooms.
The K-16 Collaboration Committee is a standing committee of the ASA and keeps the Council and the association’s membership informed of the current interests, needs, and professional orientations of K-16 educators involved with American Studies programs or curricula. The K-16 Collaboration Committee is composed of at least six members of the association, one of whom is the member of Council elected to the secondary educator’s slot. The non-Council members are named by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Council, following an open call to the membership for self-nominations and suggestions. Each of these members serves three-year, non-renewable, staggered terms. The majority of the K-16 Collaboration Committee are practitioners in the field of secondary education. The chair of the K-16 Collaboration Committee is named from the committee’s membership by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Council and serves a single term not to exceed three years. It is possible for the Chair and the member of Council elected to the secondary educator’s slot to be the same person.