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Professional Development

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