Founding Fathers

Boston – Philadelphia

June 6-13, 2021

The field study “Founding Fathers and Founding Principles” will begin in Boston and conclude in Philadelphia. Teachers will hike the historic Freedom Trail through Boston, explore the world of John and Sam Adams, and listen to the echoes of the shots heard around the world at Lexington and Concord. En route to Philadelphia, they will visit places like West Point and Morristown National Historic Park. Time in the Philadelphia area will include a presentation at the National Constitution Center and tours through Benjamin Franklin’s environs, Independence Hall, and Valley Forge. In addition to an extensive curriculum of lectures and on-site instruction, teachers will read and discuss several scholarly monographs and pedagogy publications and resources.

Teachers will be expected to be in sufficient physical condition to hike the Freedom Trail (3 miles) and participate in other physical activities. Prior to attending the field study, participants will be expected to complete numerous assignments and readings; including participation in a pre-travel and post-travel pedagogy and content seminars. The purpose of the pre- and post-seminars are to facilitate the meshing of the content and the curriculum. Participants are expected to return to the classroom as teacher mentors in their school community.


  • Walk the Boston Freedom Trail
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Lexington and Concord
  • West Point
  • Morristown
  • Walking Tour of Philadelphia
  • National Constitution Center
  • Independence Hall After Hours
  • Valley Forge

Apply for Field Study

Apply as Individual
Utah educators, grades 5-12, who specialize in American History are welcome to apply as an individual participant. Applicants must have a continuing contract for the 2019-2020 school year…… and may not have participated in a Driven 2 Teach field study since 2017. Teams may apply but all team members must apply as individuals. You will be asked to list those on your team on the application. If a team member doesn’t fill out an individual application they can not be considered

Dr. Jay Buckley

Professor of Historical Content

Jay H. Buckley (PhD, Nebraska, 2001) teaches U.S., American West, and American Indian history courses at BYU, is Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and is also Director of the American Indian Studies interdisciplinary minor.

Buckley is the author of the award-winning monograph, William Clark: Indian Diplomat (2008). He is the co-author of: By His Own Hand?: The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis (2006); Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West(2012); Orem [Utah] (2010); Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier (2015); Exploring the American West: Mapping the World through Primary Documents (w/ Jeff Nokes; 2016); Exploring the American East: Mapping the World through Primary Documents (w/ Jeff Nokes; 2018); The Life and Adventures of Mr. Eli Wiggill: South African 1820 Settler, Wesleyan Missionary, and Latter-day Saint (2020).

Jay and Becky live in Orem, are the parents of three children, and he enjoys sports, the outdoors, and traveling.

Dr. Jeff Nokes

Professor of Pedagogy

Jeff Nokes is an associate professor in the History Department at BYU where he works with prospective history and social studies teachers. Jeff taught for 14 years in the Jordan School District at Elk Ridge Middle School and Bingham High School, where the students selected him as the most inspirational teacher in 2005. He was named Utah’s Outstanding High School History Teacher that same year by the Utah Council for the Social Studies. Jeff’s research interests include history teaching, democratic instructional methods, and nurturing secondary students’ historical literacies using primary sources. His publications include Building Students’ Historical Literacies: Learning to Read and Reason with Historical Texts and Evidence and numerous research articles associated with history teaching. His most recent work is the book, Explorers of the American West: Mapping the World through Primary Documents, that he co-authored with his partner, Jay Buckley.

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