Summer program lets high school students learn directly from The Concord Review
A world-class history journal holds a summer writing workshop for high school students.
By: The Concord Review
This will be the fourth year of their Summer Program writing and research workshops, but they are greatly expanded over previous years. There will be two sessions in Boston, in early and late June with 24 seats in each session. Each session runs for two weeks and includes both boarding students and day students.
"We had such strong response last year when we announced the course, and such positive feedback after the sessions, that we felt expanding the program was the right thing to do," said Steven Lee, Summer Program Manager for TCR. "Several students told us they wished the program lasted longer!"
"As a History teacher myself, I know the challenges of doing longer research papers in most classrooms,"
The sessions are led by History and expository writing instructors with advanced degrees in their topics. Some are former TCR authors. "I select the instructors with an eye toward very strong academic credentials coupled with an appreciation for secondary students and for the study of History," says Fitzhugh.
During the program, students attend interactive group classes, have individual meetings with the instructors, attend a question-and-
"Steven has ensured that we have not only a strong academic program, but good venues for the classes and good activities."
"There is a great deal of interest in Korea, China, and elsewhere outside the U.S. in the kind of English-language, advanced-writing TCR celebrates,"
The venue for the Boston sessions is Regis College. Boarding students will stay in the dormitories and join day students in Regis classrooms, library, and dining hall.
"The Concord Review provides a splendid forum for the best student work in history," says Diane Ravitch, Senior Scholar at New York University. "It deserves the support of everyone in the country who cares about improving the study of history in the schools." Other supporters include noted Historians Arthur Schlesinger and David McCollough, and Dean of Admissions at Harvard College, William Fitzsimmons.
"We are fortunate that we have always had a large number of supporters who admire the work of our authors and believe in our mission," said Fitzhugh. "Now we can directly help young scholars develop their potential. It's very gratifying."
The Concord Review has been, since 1987, the only journal in the world for the academic history papers of secondary students, now with over 1,200 essays [average length 7,400 words] by students from 44 states and 40 other countries.
About forty percent of students published in The Concord Review have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford or Yale, and many have gone to other highly selective colleges — MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Caltech, and so forth. The Dean of Admissions at Harvard has written: "We have been very happy to have reprints of essays published in The Concord Review, submitted by a number of our applicants over the years, to add to the information we consider in making admission decisions … All of us here in the Admissions Office are big fans of The Concord Review."
Students who work on research papers during the TCR Summer Program are not guaranteed to be published in the journal, but the work they will do gives them an advantage in preparation for expository writing in college over their peers who do not have such practice.
There are currently seats available in all sessions, but last year's course filled up quickly, so Lee recommends that students register as soon as possible. "I had a great time working this year with the amazingly bright and hard-working students our program attracts. I'm really looking forward to the 2017 sessions!"
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