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Connecting Classrooms To Primary Sources


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This presentation details a collaborative grant project designed to promote Teaching with Primary Resources

This presentation details a collaborative grant project designed to promote Teaching with Primary Resources

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  • 1. Connecting Classrooms to Primary Sources using National History Day A TPS Project John Buchinger [email_address]
  • 2. New York State History Day
    • What is History Day? National History Day, a year-long educational program sponsored in New York State by the New York State Historical Association, encourages students in grades 6-12 to explore local, state, national, and world history . After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews . They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics' significance in history , and create final projects that present their work.
  • 3. New York State Stats
    • Professional Staff:
    Tobi Voigt Manager of Statewide Programs John Buchinger Associate Director for Education
  • 4. New York State Stats
    • Participation Growth
    • 2005-2006 = approx. 5,000 students
    • 2006-2007 = 7,219 students (+30%)
    • 2007-2008 = 8,457 students (+17%)
  • 5. Why the project?
    • Despite all this success we still aren’t that big of a deal back home!
  • 6. Why the project?
    • Introducing participants to the National History Day program and offering training on program implementation and student-driven projects based on primary source research will provide a real world context for student learning and engagement with History Day resources .
  • 7. Why the project?
    • History Day is the only program in the United States endorsed by the US Congress
    • The program is a perfect marrying of student driven experience , in a process of inquiry that mirrors historic academic research utilizing primary sources
    • Has a proven track record of inspring life long learning
  • 8. New York State History Day is
    • About kids researching
    .and analyzing primary sources
  • 9. Teachers in geographically isolated, financially challenged rural districts will get the support in making TWPS a reality
  • 10. The Audiance
    • Interested teachers will be able to apply for mini-grants , assisting them with implementing the program in their individual schools , and for interested participants, extend the experience into the regional and state competitions associated with New York State and National History Day
  • 11. How do we get there?
    • New York State History Day (NYSHD) staff, guest speakers, and distance learning opportunities will provide the training, and curriculum materials to be delivered to teachers, and librarians from across the BOCES' districts of New York State.  
  • 12. How do we get there?
    • This training will facilitate use of the Library of Congress' on-line collection , the American Memory Project , and provide web based support tools for National History Day implementation
  • 13. Summer Teacher Institute July 13 – 14 2009: Library and Internet Research
  • 14. Summer Teacher Institute July 18: Judgment Day
  • 15. Web Resources
  • 16. Web 2.0 Facebook YouTube & Flickr
  • 17. Web 2.0 e-newsletter blogs
  • 18. History Day is Contagious
    • Once experienced by teachers and students- the process germinates
    • It represents a real world application of use of primary sources and provides meaning behind the study of history
    • This will provide long term growth and expansion of historic research and student interaction and understanding of primary source documents.