For all Schools and Colleges teaching about American Politics, History, Literature, Culture and Society

What does BAAS do for schools?

BAAS offers contacts, content and opportunities to broaden and enrich your teaching of American studies topics. BAAS can help bring in speakers to schools and develop links with local universities American studies departments. BAAS can help develop teacher and student subject knowledge through the ‘American Topic Snapshots’ webpages, a forum for ideas and discussion, conferences and opportunities for teachers to broaden and deepen their subject knowledge.

Why should I join?

It is free and brings you a wide range of contacts, subject content and learning opportunities for you and your students.

How do I join?

Go to the BAAS membership page, enter your details and it is all done!

For Students

A Level American Topics Snapshots 

  • American Politics
  • American History
  • American Literature
  • American Culture & Society

Extended Project Support

Students considering Extended Projects on American topics should look here for ideas, information and contacts for reading and research…

Ambassador’s Schools Essay Competition

A £250 prize for a 1500 word essay on an American theme. See “Awards” for details

For Teachers.

Conferences for Teachers in the UK

  • BAAS Annual Conference
  • American Politics Group Annual Conference
  • Eccles Centre ‘Congress to Classroom’ Conferences

American Literature: See here for our list of recommended American literature texts for GCSE or A level teachers http://https://www.baas.ac.uk/schools/american-literature-texts-recommended-gcse/

Speakers for Schools (forthcoming….)

British postgrads, American Fulbright and Marshall scholars in the UK who can come into schools to lead discussion with students on American topics and issues.

Teacher Seminars and Fellowships in the USA

  • Barringer Fellowships
  • Dirksen Center ‘Congress in the Classroom’ Summer Workshops
  • Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars for Teachers

Useful Links

American Studies Resource Centre
Eccles Centre for American Studies
Fort Moultrie Recreation
Benjamin Franklin Museum, London

For Universities

  • Current American content in A Level English, History and Politics
  • Current examples of good practice outreach and impact activities
  • Schools members across the UK by region (link to new page)

We need your input to help provide you with quality support for the teaching of American topics.

So tell us what you would like to have on offer.

BAAS Schools Liaison. 

Cara Rodway (Cara.Rodway@bl.uk) is our current teachers’ representative. She attends our Exec meetings (usually June, September, January and April), to sit on the Development subcommittee and work with the Chair of Development to consolidate BAAS’s Schools activities (talks, visits to Schools or Schools conferences, develop links and lists of Schools which might benefit from interaction with BAAS). She coordinates judging for the Schools’ Essay Prize (once a year), and will organise and chair a meeting of Teachers at the BAAS conference in April (where possible), and oversee the BAAS Schools pages on the website.