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Spring Professional Development Opportunity


To Intervene or Not to Intervene: American Involvement in World Affairs from the Spanish Civil War to the Present

A Professional Development Institute for Social Studies and Spanish Teachers Interested in Working with Primary Sources


Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9am-4pm

(registration at 8:30), in Dulles 168 on The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

The Spanish Civil War is a crucial event in world and U.S. history, yet it is rarely included in the high-school curriculum because many teachers lack both the knowledge and the tools to incorporate it meaningfully while meeting Common Core and other academic content standards. This institute seeks to fill that gap by teaching high-school instructors about the war while working with them to create compelling curricular materials based on primary sources that will help them better meet the standards in their respective subject matters.

Featuring presentations by humanities scholars, hands-on research, and curriculum development workshops, the institute will give high-school teachers an introduction to the Spanish Civil War, U.S involvement in it, and the conflict’s impact on American culture and society, examining in particular the experiences of five Ohioans involved in the conflict. Primary sources will be a central focus throughout, as participants work with a carefully selected set of original documents—ranging from personal letters by Ohioans and other Americans who went to Spain, to government reports and oral history sources—and secondary materials, both in print and audiovisual format.

The Institute speakers include:
Professor Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin University
Professor Peter Carol, Stanford University
Professor Aaron Retish, Wayne State University

The Institute is co-sponsored by:
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives http://www.alba-valb.org/
The Ohio Resource Center http://www.ohiorc.org/
The Ohio Council for the Social Studies http://ocss.org/
The Goldberg Center http://goldbergcenter.osu.edu

Continuing Education Credit is available. Registration is available here.


Summer Institutes

Central Asia in World History
will engage teachers in a deeper understanding of how Central Asia has historically functioned as a crossroads of intercultural exchange, connecting the great civilizations on the Eurasian periphery, giving rise to world empires of its own in antiquity and the medieval era, and serving as the playing ground for the Anglo-Russian “Great Game” in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This will be done through expert presentations, analysis of primary material, both narrative and documentary, screenings and discussion of relevant films, immersion in traditional food and music of the region, and the development of unit plans for classroom use.

Picturing History: Editorial Cartooning in America, 1754-2011
was a summer institute sponsored by Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum for Middle and High School teachers. The last institute was held August 1-5, 2011, on the OSU main campus. Participants learned how to conduct close readings and gained a thorough grounding in the evolution of editorial cartoons, their purpose, and their intent. In addition, participants had the opportunity to conduct research and work with primary source material at the Cartoon Library and Museum. This program was funded by a generous grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

The Scientific Revolution.
Follow the link to resources and teacher-created lesson plans developed for this professional development program. The Scientific Revolution was a summer institute for Middle and High School teachers  June 13 to 17, 2011, on the OSU main campus.  Participants studied how the revolution in science and technology in the 16th and 17th centuries was directly linked to revolutions in religion, politics, and society. This program was funded by a generous grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.

Teaching American History

Teaching American History was a grant project of the federal Department of Education from 2000 to 2012. The grants funded three-year long professional development programs for teachers of American history in elementary, middle, and high schools designed to increase teacher's content knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. The History Teaching Institute partnered with the Ohio Historical Society, the Columbus Public Schools, the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, the Educational Regional Service System (ERSS) Region 10, and the Tri-County Edcuational Service Cetner on  six TAH grants.  All of these projects are completed excepet for Connecting to the Past, but many useful resources for teaching American history can be found at their websites.

Program Content is always related to Ohio's Academic Content Standards for social studies. Here are convenient links to the recently revised social studies standards for Pre-K to Grade 8 and High School.

Back To History
Back to History was a professional development program for K-12 teachers. The program served teachers  in Ohio's Educational Regional Service System (ERSS) Region 10, including Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble counties. This program combines the resources of The Ohio State University, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Clark County Educational Service Center to support and improve the teaching of traditional American history. Lesson plans from Back to History can now be found on this web site.
Connecting to the Past
Connecting to the Past (Elementary and middle school teachers)
Connecting to the Past is a professional development program designed to support and improve the teaching of American history for elementary and middle school teachers. Participation is open to teachers in grades four to eight in Ashland, Holmes, Wayne, and Medina Counties.
The teacher-created lesson plans revolve around three core themes:
  • Peopling the New World: Immigration and Migration of Natives and Newcomers
  • Creating the New Nation: The Revolution and Constitutional Development
  • Growing the Nation: Technology, Industrialism, and Expansion
History Works
History WORKS (middle and high school teachers)
History Works was a three-year professional development program for middle and high school teachers of American history in the Columbus Public Schools. The classroom materials relate to the following themes:
• Faces and Places: American History through Ohio Biography
• Turning Points: The Constitution and American Democratic Institutions
• The United States in the World: American Foreign Relations
• Migration and Immigration: The Peopling of America
• Common and Uncommon Cents: American Economic History
• Differing Perspectives: Social Movements and Social Change.
History in the Heartland
History in the Heartland  (middle and high school teachers)
The program is now complete, but the website contains resources that could be useful to middle and high school teachers. Material is organized around four core themes:
• Histories of the West: Native American and Borderlands Histories
• The Country and the City: Nature and Neighborhood as Themes in American Life
• Of Campaigns and Conventions: American Political History
• The Cold War: America's Long Race for Security and Predominance
Explore History
 Explore History Webinars Website
Explore History was a professional development program featuring seminars and  on-line programs for 4th, 5th and 8th grade teachers in Ohio. The program is now completed, but resources are still availble on-line. The program combined the resources of the Ohio State University, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center to support and improve the teaching of traditional American history.
History Works
History WORKS II. Elementary Teachers
History Works was a three-year professional development program for middle and high school teachers of American history in the Columbus Public Schools. The direct instructional portions of the project have been completed.



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