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Materials Reimbursement Allowance

Program participants receive a materials reimbursement allowance of $600 to use to purchase books, DVDs and other media, artifacts (reproduction and original), and other resources that can be used to enhance classroom instruction in history.

The purpose for this allowance is to give participants access to new information they can take to their history teaching, or items such as DVDs or artifacts that can help them teach in ways that they could not without the resource. (Purchases of items for specific individual student use are not allowed by the federal regulations governing this grant, nor are purchases of equipment).
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you make any purchases, look HERE for frequently asked questions about what may be reimbursed and how to get that reimbursement,.
Requesting Reimbursement
Participants can download a resource reimbursement form HERE.
These forms can be turned in several times during the course of the year. We just ask for a minimum reimbursement of  $30 per form.
Look HERE for specific instructions and examples of good and bad reimbursement requests (Please follow the good examples).
Please note: This is a federal grant with strict requirements regarding expenditure of funds and auditing. It is very important that records for your purchases be correct.
Guidelines for Purchsing Artifacts

 Artifacts can be an excellent classroom resource. Over the course of the program, you will learn about how to interpret artifacts as primary sources and use them in your classroom. And yes, you can use funds from your $600 materials allowance to purchase artifacts.

Buying artifacts can be more complicated than buying other classroom resources, and for that reason you are being given these Guidelines and some restrictions.
Finding Materials
Where can you find resources? There are many excellent commercial and non-profit providers of such items. Below are some links to several not-for-profit museums and libraries with good educational materials you can purchase.

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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)