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Connecting to the Past is funded by a Teaching American History grant from the United States Department of Education.

The project is a partnership between the Tri-County Educational Service Center (Tri-County ESC), The Ohio State University (OSU), and the Ohio Historical Society (OHS) to present a professional development program in American history targeted to the content needs of area teachers in 4th, 5th, and 8th grades.

Connecting to the Past will serve twenty-four teachers each year from the seventeen school districts located in Ashland, Holmes, Wayne, and Medina Counties.

The goals of the project are as follows:

  1. Increase the American history content knowledge possessed by teachers

  2. Improve teacher’s ability to access, analyze, and use primary sources in their classrooms

  3. Increase teacher skill in using technology to enhance American history education

  4. Increase student performance in American history

Each year, approximately 24 teachers (72 over the three years) will participate in three content-intensive monthly seminars linked to the Ohio Academic Content Standards. Participants will also take part in two site-based historic experiences, which they will bring into their classroom through their capstone project. In addition, teachers will come together for an intensive, five-day summer institute.

Connecting to the Past is the sixth Teaching American History grant that the History Teaching Institute has received and administered since 2001. Approximately five hundred teachers have benefitted from these professional development programs.

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For your participation in Connecting to the Past, you have earned Three Graduate Non-Degree Credit Semester Hours from the Ohio State University.

For an official record of those hours, you may request a transcript from Ohio State. Those credits will be posted after August 20, 2012.

To get a transcript, you must order it on-line.

Note: Only YOU can order a transcript. Entities that cannot order your transcript include: The History Teaching Institute, Tri-County Educational Service Center, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Connecting to the Past program

Before ordering a transcript, please read the Overview and proceed through the tabs, "Payment" "Authorization" and "Pricing." To order transcript, you will click on the "Start My Order" button on the upper right of the screen accessed at the link above. Note that your credit is being assigned in the Summer Semester 2012.


Document-based whole-class discussion is a classroom activity where students engage in the interpretation and reconciliation of multiple historical documents. Rather than a heated debate, the classroom dynamic resembles a deliberative seminar, where the teacher plays an active role in facilitating student participation.

You can download a detailed description, with handouts. Another teaching resource from your friends at teachinghistory.org

The APRIL NEWSLETTER is now availible! Click the link at left to Learn about:

The Connecting to the Past Quilt

Remember making a history-themed quilt square at the Orientation? Molly has put them all together and taken a picture.

Following the links:

on our eHistory site

ORIGINS: Current Events in Historical Perspective


Our August Issue:

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Russia, America, and the Conspiratorial Worldview (by Stephen M. Norris)