Meet the Staff Professional Development Workshop
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Inc was awarded a grant to conduct a two-day professional development workshop that taught skills related to Library of Congress resources, as well as local archives such as the Akron-Summit County Library. The participants learned to integrate Library of Congress tools in the classroom using inquiry and community-based strategies. Stan Hywet's Meet the Staff program, in which students use primary sources to uncover real stories of the estate's foreign-born domestic staff, will model how Library of Congress collections can be illuminated in the classroom. The participants observed Meet the Staff to discover how historic locations bring primary source documents to life. Participants used Library of Congress resources and documents relating to Stan Hywet's domestic staff to build their own lesson "stems." Inservice and pre-service teachers collaborated to implement their units in the classroom and share them with peers on a Wiki site, which will expand the learning community beyond the professional development.
Contact: Toivo Motter
Going to the Sources: Interdisciplinary Planning and Teaching with Primary Materials
Bowling Green State University was awarded a grant to create and sustain a network of Ohio middle/high school social studies and language arts teachers who are committed to sharing classroom-ready activities, strategies, and resources that integrate the Library of Congress primary sources into their instruction. Regional workshops were planned and implemented at three Ohio universities to provide a critical mass of language arts and social studies in-service and pre-service middle and high school teachers with resources and strategies to infuse planning and teaching with Library of Congress primary sources through a document-based approach.
Contact: Angela Thomas
Understanding Primary Sources: National History Day in Ohio
The goal of this grant awarded to Ohio Historical Society was to familiarize teachers with LOC resources and provide support for teachers to integrate those resources into their classroom through the NHD-OH program. The first objective was to familiarize teachers with the breadth and organization of the LOC digital primary sources and their value in instruction. The second objective was to give teachers experience integrating LOC resources into their classroom using the NHD-OH program model. The third objective was to increase the number of teachers and students utilizing Library of Congress resources through the National History Day program.
Contact: Mary Bezbatchenko
National History Day in Ohio
This project was awarded to the Ohio Historical Society to enhance professional development opportunities for teachers, student outreach, and National History Day curriculum materials. Teachers and students were provided with activities and workshops that facilitated the acquisition and utilization of the Library of Congress’ digital resources. The project taught 1,500 students to use primary sources for their History Day projects through classroom outreach. Workshops that focused on the integration of primary source materials were offered to approximately 100 teachers throughout Ohio.
Contact: Megan Wood
Unleashing Alternative Representations of the Past into Middle and Secondary History Classrooms
This grant was awarded to Ohio Northern University to train in-service and pre-service history teachers to integrate visual and aural primary sources into their classroom instruction. Five workshops were conducted, bringing ten in-service and ten pre-service teachers together to create powerful social studies lessons for students in grades 5–12 using the resources from the Library of Congress website. In turn, these trained teachers will have a useful web-based resource to which they can direct colleagues throughout the school year.
Contact: James Schul
Yesterday’s Events through the Eye’s of Today’s Child
This project brought teachers together from Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools to explore the Library of Congress website during three days of training. The training took place over a three-month period. Each month teachers were given an assignment and then used the information they gathered for their final project. Teams of teachers developed lessons with primary sources using iPads, SMART boards, and smartphones. These teams trained other teachers how to use the lesson and technology in their classrooms.
Contact: Scott Bloom
Teaching with Primary Sources: A Joint Project for Teachers and School Media Specialists
The Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON) was awarded this Type II project which trained teachers and school media specialists on the use of primary sources and the Library of Congress website, focusing on the American Memory Collections. Through workshops, participants learned to integrate and promote the use of primary sources into classroom instruction. Teachers and media specialists were paired in order to build relationships and encourage cooperation in the classroom. Each pair created a lesson plan.
Contact: Anne Abate
America’s Journey: Using the “American Memory Project” to Meet Ohio Content Standards
This grant was awarded to Miami University Hamilton to incorporate Library of Congress primary sources into existing Teaching American History (TAH) projects. The main goals of this project were to educate teachers about the use of primary sources and to create a repository of lesson plans and classroom activities that integrate primary sources to meet Ohio State Content Standards. This project utilized the train-the-trainer model to educate the 175 teachers who participate in TAH projects. All participants produced a CD and lesson plans that were to be implemented in the classroom and shared on various websites.
Contact: George Vascik
America’s Journey: Continuing to Use the “American Memory” Project to Meet Ohio Content Standards
This project, awarded to Miami University-Hamilton, expanded the exposure of Teaching American History (TAH) teachers to the primary source collections of the Library of Congress. The teachers created a repository of lesson plans and classroom activities that utilized the Library’s resources and were aligned with the Ohio State Content Standards. This project instructed ten percent of Miami’s TAH teachers in Library’s resources by the TPS Midwest Region. The TAH teachers instructed the rest of the TAH group in the use of primary sources, developed their own lesson plans, and assisted other teachers in developing lesson plans and activities that meet Ohio State Standards.
Contact: Johanna Moyer
GVESC TPS Grant
To expand its current professional development program, this grant allowed the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center to include high school teachers in their December training. The teachers completed independent readings and online audio and videos, attended direct instruction workshops to develop skills for accessing and incorporating primary sources in classroom instruction, attended colloquia with historians and scholars to advance their subject content knowledge, and received job-embedded coaching via a Gallia-Vinton ESC consultant. Given their new levels of professional expertise, teachers then completed field studies to perform research.
Contact: Dr. Denise Shockley