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:
Increase the American history content knowledge possessed by teachers
Improve teacher’s ability to access, analyze, and use primary sources in their classrooms
Increase teacher skill in using technology to enhance American history education
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.