AHEF Seminars & Teacher Workshops
AHEF sponsors professional development teacher workshops and seminars on various topics of America’s heritage for teachers, students, and the general public. These sessions are offered in the greater Houston area and in other locations by arrangement.
AHEF partners with the Center for Law & Liberty at Houston Baptist University (CLL-HBU) as well as schools, churches, civic groups, and other community organizations to offer these sessions. Teachers who attend AHEF teacher workshops receive professional development credit through the HBU School of Education.
To browse and view AHEF’s library of videos, please visit AHEF’s youtube.com channel at American Heritage Education Foundation.
Workshops and Seminars
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 12 PM CT (US and Canada)
Retired Physicians Organization (RPO)
Topic: The Great Seal of the United States; AHEF’s Founding, Philosophy, and Work
Location: Zoom Meeting Online at www.zoom.us
Speaker: Jack Kamrath, AHEF Co-Founder and Vice President
Jack Kamrath with step-father Dr. Richard J. Gonzalez and mother Eugenie Kamrath Gonzalez founded AHEF to facilitate the teaching of American principles in schools throughout the country based on their articulation of America’s philosophical, operational formula for success–Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility (FUPR). AHEF is a non-profit organization that has provided free educational lesson plans and resources to over 160,000 teachers (including over 2.5 million students) nationwide.
AHEF Co-Founder Dr. Richard Gonzalez served as Chief Economist and on the Board of Directors of Humble Oil and Refining Company (now Exxon-Mobil). He was the youngest candidate ever to earn his Ph.D from The University of Texas at Austin at 21 years old. His areas of expertise include pure mathematics, finance, and economics. After retirement, Gonzalez served as a Visiting Professor at several prestigious universities and as a Consulting Economist for federal agencies including the Department of Defense and the National Energy Study.
AHEF’s Founders have been honored with several awards including the Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) for teaching American principles, the inaugural Houston ISD American Heritage Month Exemplary Citizenship Award for initiating American Heritage Month in HISD, and the Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for outstanding educational achievement.
Jack Kamrath was awarded the Distinguished Patriot Award by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in recognition for his leadership in “preserving America’s heritage and the teaching of good citizenship and principles.”
If you have questions you would like the speaker to address, you may submit them to us in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 4, 2021, Houston TX
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Location: Rotunda, Goodwill Class
Topic: “The American Social Contract”
Speaker: Angela E. Kamrath, AHEF President and Editorial Director
Topic: “The American Social Contract.” When the early Americans founded our new nation of the United States, they applied a Social Contract. The principle of Social Contract was theorized by philosopher John Locke. Though secular, this principle reflects in certain ways the biblical principle of Covenant. Founding-era Americans easily adopted Locke’s idea of Social Contract and applied it when forming their Declaration and Constitution.
Video: The American Social Contract – Angela E. Kamrath (27 min)
Monday, November 25, 2019, Houston TX
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s
ASHES IN THE SNOW Teacher Workshop
Hosted by the American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF)
Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Harris County Department of Education (HCDE)
Ronald Reagan Building
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022
This half-day professional development workshop will help you develop a better understanding of the ideology, history, and effects of communism in the 20th century. As some today question our nation’s moral, political, and economic underpinnings, your knowledge of communism will help you compare/contrast and defend America’s founding heritage of individual rights, free enterprise, and private property. As American Founder James Madison once said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” This workshop will include a curriculum resource for teachers – Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, Its Legacy. It will be followed by a film screening of Ashes in the Snow (the movie adaptation of the bestselling YA novel Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys on the Baltic deportations in WWII) and a Q&A session. Boxed lunches will be provided. Hosted by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, American Heritage Education Foundation, and Harris County Department of Education.
Credits: 6 hrs (includes 3 hrs GT credit)
Cost: $0.00 (free admission)
Please register to attend.
Saturday, October 22, 2016, Houston TX
AHEF-HBU Professional Development Teacher & Citizen Workshop:
Topic: “The History & Foundation of Religious Freedom in America”
Topic: “The History & Foundation of Religious Freedom in America.” Subtopics include the emergence of religious tolerance in America, religious freedom as a natural right, the First Amendment, and the relationship between church and state. Teaching strategies will also be presented on these topics. Lunch provided. Attendees receive 3.0 credit hours of Professional Development from the HBU School of Education. Open to private and public school teachers/administrators, homeschoolers, and interested citizens. Limited seating. Register in advance. Registration Fee: $30. Hosted by the Center for Law & Liberty at Houston Baptist University, HBU School of Education, and AHEF. Sponsored by AHEF. For more information and to register, go to HBU-AHEF Teacher & Citizen Workshop 2016.
Teacher Workshop Flyer 2016
“Religious Freedom in America” Workshop Video Clips:
1. John Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration & The Toleration Act of 1689 – Dr. John Tyler (2.17 min)
2. The Two Kingdoms Doctrine – Dr. John Tyler (3.43 min)
3. Early American Colonists Supported Religious Tolerance from the Bible – Angela E. Kamrath (8.51 min)
4. The Definition and Source of Natural, Unalienable Rights – Angela E. Kamrath (1.11 min)
5. John Locke’s Second Treatise Shows Natural Rights come from the Bible – Angela E. Kamrath (1.25 min)
6. Early Americans Viewed Religious Freedom as a First Freedom – Angela E. Kamrath (.32 min)
7. American Founders Supported Natural Rights from the Bible, Nature & Reason – Angela E. Kamrath (3.32 min)
8. Natural Rights Central to the Declaration of Independence – Angela E. Kamrath (.49 min)
9. How the American Founders Applied Religious Freedom in the New Nation – Angela E. Kamrath (1.36 min)
10. American Founders Emphasized Religion’s Importance in Society – Dr. Chris Hammons (3.12 min)
11. United States Founded on Christian Principles – Dr. Chris Hammons (6.13 min)
12. The Issue of Religion in the U. S. Constitution – Dr. Chris Hammons (4.51 min)
13. Thomas Jefferson and the “Wall of Separation” – Dr. Chris Hammons (7.57 min)
Saturday, November 14, 2015, Houston TX
AHEF-HBU Professional Development Teacher Workshop:
Topic: “The Declaration of Independence: The Rationale of the American Revolution”
Topic: “The Declaration of Independence: The Rationale of the American Revolution.” Subtopics include the Declaration as Social Contract, the Law of Nature, Unalienable Rights, and the Bible-Centered Debate on Revolution. Lunch provided. Attendees will receive 3.5 credit hours of Professional Development from the HBU School of Education. Open to both private and public educators. Interested citizens are welcome. Registration: $30. Registration Deadline: Nov 11. Hosted by the Center for Law & Liberty at Houston Baptist University, HBU School of Education, and AHEF. Sponsored by AHEF. For more information and to register, go to 2015 HBU-AHEF Teacher Workshop.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, Houston TX
AHEF-HBU Professional Development Teacher Workshop:
Topic: “Exploring the Influence of Judeo-Christian Principles on the American Founding.”
Hosted by the Center for Law & Liberty at Houston Baptist University, HBU School of Education, and AHEF. Sponsored by AHEF.