May 6, 2024

Bringing Liberator Testimony into the Classroom

Special thanks to our guest contributors at the Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission (OHGMEC) for writing this month's blog on teaching Genocide Awareness Month.    “We heard that we were liberators, but all I could think was, too late, too late, too late. We saw more dead than alive.” Robert Stubenrauch, Combat photographer at […]

April 1, 2024

A Call to Remember: Teaching Genocide Awareness Month

Special thanks to our guest contributors at the Ohio Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission (OHGMEC) for writing this month's blog on teaching Genocide Awareness Month. Genocide Awareness Month is observed annually in April to raise awareness about genocide, honor victims, and promote prevention efforts. Throughout this month, various organizations, educational institutions, and communities […]

March 4, 2024

Project-Based Learning in the Social Studies Classroom

PBL gives students the opportunity to “gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.”[1] What truly makes PBL special is that it taps into student inquiry and sparks genuine interest and discovery in the topics we cover […]

February 9, 2024

Ohio’s Black Artists: A History of a Trailblazing Museum and Resources to Engage Students Today

The 2024 theme of Black History Month in the United States is “African Americans and the Arts,” and, in that spirit, this month’s Resource Roundup discusses the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center’s (NAAMCC) influence on the art world. Be sure to read on for resources on teaching art in the classroom and a list […]

December 28, 2023

Literacy and Social Studies: Interactive Read Alouds

One of the biggest goals in elementary classrooms is to teach students to read. Encompassed in this one goal are so many important skills (phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, vocabulary, background knowledge, language acquisition, comprehension skills) that each take time to teach. It is easy to feel like there is not enough time in […]

December 8, 2023

Bring Historic Letters into the Classroom

“I long to hear that you have declared an independency—and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors.” This oft quoted text comes from a […]

November 14, 2023

Bring Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks World Heritage Sites to Your Students

This writer was traveling in Iceland last week and stopped by Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. When I chatted with their staff and told them I worked as a historian in Ohio, they immediately responded “Oh, you just got a new World Heritage site last month! Congratulations!” News travels fast if, even […]

October 10, 2023

Lessons from the Past: Technology in the Classroom

Discussion about Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be everywhere, from the ethics of AI to its usefulness and pitfalls. Professionals worldwide are grappling with its strengths and dangers in their field. And the question on many educators’ minds today is, does AI belong in the classroom? To imagine a path forward with this latest technological […]

September 12, 2023

Teaching Hispanic Heritage Month – Part 2

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15 to October 15, commemorating the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans. With celebrations of all shapes and sizes across the U.S., this Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to engage students in learning and discussion about the contributions and history of Hispanic Americans and […]

August 15, 2023

A Legacy of Black Activism & Progress: The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center History