The Driven to Teach program is now accepting applications for 2012. For the first time, anyone can nominate a Utah teacher of American history for the program. Driven to Teach takes teachers into the field for a hands-on learning experience.

In 2012, groups of teachers will visit Colonial Williamsburg, Spanish Borderlands in Santa Fe, N.M., and Foundations of America in Boston. The seminars are led by historians at each site as well as a specialist in pedagogy and the Utah curriculum. Teachers will focus on economic, political and social events that defined the nation and continue to shape its future. They will get ideas and instruction on the best teaching methods and classroom activities for American history.

Participants are chosen through a competitive statewide application process. Nominations and applications, which can be made at www.driven2teach.org" TARGET="_blank">href="http://www.driven2teach.org/">www.driven2teach.org, are due Dec. 20.

"We want teachers to step into history," said Steve Starks, executive vice president at Larry H. Miller Group, who has overseen the program since its inception. "Driven to Teach takes them to the very places where history happened and offers a challenging field study, hands-on experience and teaching strategies to bring back to their students in the classroom."

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"We want teachers to step into history," said Steve Starks, executive vice president at Larry H. Miller Group, who has overseen the program since its inception. "Driven to Teach takes them to the very places where history happened and offers a challenging field study, hands-on experience and teaching strategies to bring back to their students in the classroom."

The program is sponsored by Larry H. Miller Group and Zions Bank.