The Voices of America Teaching American History Grant Program is a three-year professional development program for history and social studies teachers in the Hamilton City Schools, Lakota Local Schools, and Mason City Schools in Southwest Ohio. Each year of the program, fifty elementary and secondary teachers will work with distinguished professors from Miami University, curators and archivists from the Ohio Historical Society, and project leaders to learn more about our nation’s history, historical research methods, and instructional strategies in historical thinking. In addition to their participation in seminars and a summer institute, the teachers are required to participate in online discussion forums and to produce a historical thinking lesson and scholarly research paper. Once finalized, lesson plans will be available on the VOA website for teachers to access and use in their own classroom.
VOA Quick Links
Please post your response to the Winter Discussion Forum by March 15, 2013. Your one required follow-up post (threaded discussions encouraged) is due by midnight on May 14th.
Please fill out the Lesson Study Logistics Form at https://docs.google.com/a/hcsdoh.org/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dEJCY1pTSFA5UFBDRmtFT3RlT2hkYnc6MQ by January 31, 2013. The Lesson Study Reflection Report when we meet at our next seminar on May 15th. We have also provided Observation and Debriefing Forms to help you perform your lesson study assignment. These are posted on the VOA website and on Schoology.
We will be meeting at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center on Cox Road on December 5, 2012 starting at 8:00 a.m. and wrapping-up our day around 3:30 p.m. Breakfast will be served between 8:00 and 8:30.
Please bring your completed lesson plan draft to our next seminar, so that we can take part in the tuning protocol to make sure that we are meeting the standards outlined on the lesson plan rubric.