This project awarded to University of Kentucky Research Foundation collaborated with the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Instructional collaborative (SSACI) facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The CCSSO is made up of state-level department consultants, assessment experts, and administrative personnel within state-level departments of education. This collaborative of 21 states constructed instructional and assessment exemplars designed for using resources from the Library of Congress. The design of the instructional and assessment exemplars followed approaches developed by the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), a multi-state initiative to design tasks, modules, and courses to meet common core literacy standards with demanding content. The project developed exemplars using an adopted version of the LDC three-part system of tasks, modules, and courses for teaching Common Core in social studies. All of these social studies instructional and assessment tasks included anchoring content from the Library of Congress.
Contact: Kathy Swan
This project has been awarded to the University of Kentucky. The main goal of this project was to introduce teachers to using the Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) and primary sources to engage students in the process of “doing history.” The HSI project guided students in the analysis of primary sources to “solve a case.” Participants were provided with examples of how HSI has been used in the classroom, as well as resources to replicate these experiences.
The University of Kentucky has been awarded a grant to create movie-making kits for American history teachers using primary sources from the Library of Congress. This project utilized the train-the-trainers model to reach over 100 in-service teachers. Six teachers were chosen to be trained for creating movie-making kits during a four-day summer workshop. These teachers provided professional development workshops for other teachers in their departments or districts. The in-service teachers were instructed in the use of the pre-made kits, movie-making, and the use of the Library of Congress databases. The moviemaking kits are available online through the Digital Directors Guild.
The goals of this project created by the Kentucky Council for Social Studies (KCSS) were to design, test, and distribute pedagogical and curricular supports that will help teachers effectively guide their students through the process of creating historical documentary films. They worked specifically with the documentarians to design, develop, and distribute storyboard templates, assessment rubrics, and facilitation guides to share on the Digital Docs in a Box website. There were three opportunities for professional development: 1) a training for 20 in-service teachers, 2) a workshop at KCSS and NCSS training for 80–100 teachers, and 3) an online module so that teachers can access the training remotely. This includes teachers who are unable to attend a face-to-face workshop, particularly those in the Appalachian region of the state.
Contact: Kathy Swan
The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation was awarded a grant that provided professional development workshops to 145 in-service teachers to train nearly 4,800 students from grades 4–12 in locating, analyzing, and interpreting primary sources. The workshops consisted of an introduction to the Library of Congress website, an activity designed to teach analytical and interpretive skills, and the opportunity to practice using primary sources by completing a sample National History Day project. The main goals of the workshops were to increase teacher awareness of resource availability and increase teacher ability to use primary sources.
Contact: Jody Blankenship
This project awarded to the Kentucky Council for Social Studies (KCSS), designed, tested, and distributed pedagogical and curricular supports that help teachers effectively guide their students through the process of creating historical documentary films. They worked specifically with the documentarians to design, develop, and distribute storyboard templates, assessment rubrics, and facilitation guides to share on the Digital Docs in a Box website. There were three opportunities for professional development that included training for 20 in-service teachers, a workshop at KCSS and NCSS training for 80–100 teachers, and an online module that teachers can access the training materials remotely. This includes teachers who are unable to attend a face-to-face workshop, particularly those in the Appalachian region of the state.
Contact: Malana Salyer
In this course, students at Bellarmine University learned to navigate, access, save, and use primary sources from the Library of Congress website. They used approaches that illustrated how digitized primary sources can promote differentiated reading materials. They also created activities that used primary sources from the Library of Congress website in preparation for lessons that dealt with international issues as well as facilitated the Common Core Literacy Standards.
Contact: Corrie Block
The purpose of this grant awarded to Kentucky Department of Education was to provide professional development to social studies teachers in the state of Kentucky on the use of the Library of Congress archives that prepare students for 21st century learning. This proposal, along with four others submitted by the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction collaborative under the umbrella of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO),used a multi-state approach to share resources and professional development models among the members of the collaborative.
Contact: Mendy Meehan