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JULY 1, 2016: The Reacting Consortium, in collaboration with The Endeavor Foundation, is pleased to announce that it will award 18 mini-grants to colleges and universities that seek to develop and implement curriculum innovations that use Reacting to the Past, a proven high impact learning pedagogy. The Endeavor Foundation has provided the Reacting Consortium with $178,500 over three years for this initiative.  The Reacting Consortium will award the first six grants, each for $7500, on October 20, 2016, to enable institutional teams to attend a conference focused on learning about curriculum revision and experiencing Reacting to the Past games, and to receive ongoing support for their institutional discussions from the Consortium. Learn more!

"Reacting to the Past" has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Change magazine, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor; and elsewhere. | View selected publications. . .  

The success of the "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy in engaging undergraduate students has been confirmed by faculty reports, student evaluations, and independent observations. Classroom footage and interviews have been compiled into streaming videos to help interested faculty and administrators understand the dynamics of the RTTP classroom. | View streaming videos now. . . 

The pedagogy has also been the subject of formal double-blind assessment studies conducted on multiple campuses. The studies show that  RTTP students, when compared with those enrolled in other general education courses, improved in certain salient categories associated with learning, including the development of an appreciation of multiple points of view on controversial topics and a belief in the malleability of human characteristics over time and across contexts. Speaking skills also improved substantially.