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Projects eHIKES was a TAH grant that incorporated technology to deliver an MA in History to area teachers.

Projects eHIKES was a TAH grant that incorporated technology to deliver an MA in History to area teachers.

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Project eHIKES: A Kansas TAH Project Project eHIKES: A Kansas TAH Project Presentation Transcript

  • Project eHIKES: A Kansas TAH Project US Department of Education TAH Project Directors Meeting September 2006
  • Master of Arts in History:
    • Successes
    • Challenges
  • Initial Planning
    • Parsons USD #503 – grantee district
      • http://www.vikingnet.net
    • Assistant Superintendent
      • Responsible for curriculum
    • Planning Meeting with Teachers
      • Meeting Dates for 2004-2006
        • Fall and Spring Colloquia
        • 2-week Summer Institutes
  • Southeast Kansas Education Service Center-Greenbush
    • Role:
      • Project Leadership
      • Infrastructure
      • Logistics
      • Paperwork
  • No Child Left Behind
    • “Highly Qualified Teachers”
      • Defined by the States
      • Kansas change of definition
        • non-EDU courses
        • “content-related” courses
  • PSU Department of History
    • Discussions of degree tracks
      • Thesis
      • 3-seminars and comprehensive exams
    • MA Candidates who had not completed program was an issue
  • Proposed Solution
    • Explore 3 rd option – final project to replace comps
      • 3 seminars still required
      • Initial teacher to finish this track not part of grant
  • University Collaboration
    • Department of History
      • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Education
    • Office of Continuing & Graduate Studies
    • Challenges of Thinking Outside the Box
  • Rethinking Admission Standards
    • More than half of the teachers had earned a social studies teaching degree at PSU
    • Elementary and middle school teachers more likely to have elementary certification
      • Possibility of only one history course
  • Admission Standards for Non-Majors
    • Earn As & Bs in first 9 hours
    • Earn A or B in required Historical Research and Historiography Course
  • Faculty Roles
    • PSU Faculty
    • Guest Historians
  • Teacher Leadership Team
    • Role of Teacher Leadership Team
    • Their Backgrounds
    • Leadership Throughout Grant
  • Yearly Themes
    • Introduction to Primary Sources
    • Legal and Constitutional History
    • Social History
  • February 2004
    • Introduction to Grant
    • Guest Historian
      • Federalist Papers
    • Contact Hours
      • counted as part of summer hours
  • July 2004
    • Agricultural History
    • Local History
    • Populism
      • Kansas
      • William Jennings Bryan
    • Documentary Photography
      • Included Hands-on
  • July 2004
    • Introduction to Primary Sources
    • Teacher Blogs
    • Article Review Assignments
    • Lesson Plan Assignments
    • Teacher Presentations
  • Fall 2004 Online Course
    • Historical Research & Historiography
      • Required research course
      • Taught by graduate director
  • Attrition
    • 3 teachers left before end of first fall semester
    • Technology challenging for some
      • Online courses
      • Regular email reading/responding
  • Changes in Professional Development Expectations
    • Transition from sit-and-get professional development to teacher active involvement throughout.
  • November 2004
    • In-person hands-on archival research
    • National Archives and Records Administration Central Plains Region-Kansas City (session tomorrow)
    • Major success given the challenge of any of our MA candidates conducting primary research.
  • Professional Meetings – 2004/2005
    • Memberships in OAH, NCSS, NCHE
    • NCSS – Baltimore
      • 3 teachers
    • OAH – San Jose
      • 3 teachers
    • Treating Teachers as Fellow Professionals
      • Professional Memberships
      • Professional Meetings & Conferences
  • Spring 2005 Online Course
    • Historical Cognition
      • Laid foundation for future offerings
      • Inclusion in pre-service methods class
      • Wineburg, Historical Thinking And Other Unnatural Acts
    • Teacher Inclusion of Historical Cognition Units and/or incorporated throughout teaching and learning
  • February 2005
    • Introduction to Legal & Constitutional History
    • Also began work on summer individual research topics at National Archives with archivists
    • Voted on summer presentation topics
  • July 2005
    • Legal & Constitutional History
      • Supreme Court Cases
      • John Brown
        • Kansas
  • July 2005
    • African-American History
      • Harlem Renaissance
        • Langston Hughes
      • Birth of a Nation
        • Discussion of movies as teaching tools
  • July 2005
    • Research sessions at NARA-KC
    • Tours
      • Liberty Memorial
        • Nation’s only museum dedicated to WWI
      • 18 th & Vine District – KC MO
        • Jazz Museum
        • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
          • NARA Connection
  • Summer 2005 Assignments
    • Article Reviews
      • Continued to use J-STOR
        • Online journal databases
    • Lesson Plans
    • Teacher Presentations
    • Teacher Blogs
  • Fall 2005 Online Course
    • Kansas History
      • Seminar class
    • Most teachers not required to take course to earn state licensure but most beginning teachers required to teach it.
  • November 2005
    • Oral History
    • Oral History as a Primary Source
  • Professional Meetings – 2005/2006
    • NCSS – Kansas City
      • More than half attended
      • 3 presented their work with primary sources
    • OAH – Washington, DC
      • 3 attended
        • 2 returnees, 1 new
  • Spring 2006 Online Course
    • 20 th Century America
    • Built on Historical Cognition Class
  • February 2006
    • Film as History
    • OAH Distinguished Lectureship Bureau
  • July 2006
    • West
    • Women
      • Little House on the Prairie
    • 9/11
    • Middle East
    • 60s Music
    • Hands-On
  • Project Orientation of Year 3
    • 3D Exhibits
    • PowerPoints
    • Teacher Blogs
  • Conclusions
    • Laid foundation for more teacher-friendly MA in History
    • Intense Involvement with teachers – multi-faceted/multi-directional learning
    • Better relationships with student teacher placements
  • Benefits for Teachers
    • All considered “Highly Qualified Teachers” by the State of Kansas
    • MA is biggest move on pay scale
    • Integrate primary sources throughout their teaching
    • Excited & engaged about American history
  • Importance of Individuality
    • Traditional MA programs usually don’t fit all teachers
    • Academic rigor does not have to be sacrificed for program flexibility
        • Time (Particularly teacher time)
        • Outside the semester paradigm
  • Our Most Important Success