Educating Students about Hamilton the Musical

Hamilton The Musical for EDU

In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, we speak with members of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History about their partnership with the award-winning Broadway Musical, Hamilton. 

About The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, visionaries and lifelong supporters of American history education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. The Institute’s mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Organization of American Historians, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

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About our Guests

Tim Bailey

Tim Bailey is the Director of Education for The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He developed the Teaching Literacy through History and Hamilton Education programs. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Utah. Prior to working with the Gilder Lehrman Institute Tim taught 4th, 5th, and 8th grades in Salt Lake City. Among his distinctions are National History Teacher of the Year (2009) and Utah State Teacher of the Year (2001). He authored the Easy Simulations book series for Scholastic publications and has contributed to books and articles concerning history, literacy, and education in general as well as speaking and being interviewed on those topics.

Sasha Rolon Pereira

In her role as the Director of the Hamilton Education Program, Sasha oversees the coordination of the highly successful educational program that seeks to inspire the study of American History through a connection with the phenomenon that is Hamilton: The Musical. Sasha has represented the Institute in its work with the Hamilton team as it has partnered with school districts in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Tempe, Houston, St Louis, Salt Lake City, Washington DC and Denver. Sasha has led the initiative since it started in October 2015 and is focused on leading the project to its goal of reaching over 250,000 students in a five-year span.

A graduate of Boston University, Sasha joined Gilder Lerhman in 2002 and has overseen a number of high-profile projects at the Institute, including the redesign of the Gilder Lehrman website in 2012 and administration of Educational Seminars designed for teachers that have covered topics like: the Supreme Court in American History with Sandra Day O'Connor,Civil Rights, Scotland on Jefferson, Barbados on the Transatlantic Slave Trade. (we need better titles here.) Sasha, a New York City native, is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a first-hand understanding of the workings of New York City schools, having worked closely with teachers and administrators on educational programs for many years—and having attended Title I schools in the Bronx herself.

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