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Ohio as America Professional Development Bytes

On July 27, the Ohio History Connection is offering Ohio as America Professional Development Bytes”, a virtual event for social studies teachers. This event is free of charge. The goal of this professional development opportunity is to provide teachers with tools and ideas of how to better engage students remotely and how to approach meaningful and authentic content. To accomplish this, the OHC has partnered with experts from Miami University and the Myaamia Center as well as Ohio History Connection experts to create a unique experience.

National Geographic online courses

National Geographic is offering free online courses that equip educators with powerful tools to transform their learning spaces.  Through these courses, educators build their own skills and knowledge so they can foster the mindset of a National Geographic Explorer in their students. These courses vary in their lengths and schedules so that busy educators can find a program that fits their needs.  Courses are open to any educator from anywhere in the world who works with students in either a formal or informal setting. Note: In many of our courses, learners can earn graduate credits through our university partnerships. Courses include:

Facing History and Ourselves offers courses and seminars

Teachers can sign-up for the course that best fits their needs. Facing History offers both facilitated and self-paced online courses which run between 3-6 weeks. Six-week facilitated courses begin June 11, while on-demand offerings are available when the teacher is. Topics include Holocaust and Human Behavior, Reconstruction, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Choices in Little Rock.
Teachers can experience connect with other educators in sessions facilitated by Facing History experts. The 4-day facilitated online seminars are for educators looking to develop and implement the organization’s curriculum and methodology with their students. Topics include the Holocaust, the Reconstruction Era, Civics, and Teaching for Equity and Justice.

Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region offers online courses for educators

The Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region at Illinois State University is offering online professional development opportunities for K-12 educators during the summer of 2020. Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge and skills needed to access and utilize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress website;
  • Develop strategies to assist students in developing meaningful questions, identify and evaluate a variety of sources, draw conclusions based on evidence and communicate their understandings to their peers;
  • Create a lesson using primary sources that facilitates Common Core Standards; and
  • Engage students in active learning—developing critical-thinking skills and constructing knowledge.

The online professional development requires two online meetings, with lessons and activities to be completed remotely.

  • Level 1 online professional development — Requires online meetings on Tuesday, June 9 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT) and July 21, (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT)
  • Level 2 online professional development (prerequisite: completed Level 1) — Requires online meetings on Thursday, June 11 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT) and July 23 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT)

Participants can earn 2 graduate credits from Illinois State University or 25 professional development hours. The Level 1 professional development may not count toward a degree. Registration is now open.

National Geographic online courses

Register for online courses for Geo-Inquiry, teaching climate change and service learning until Oct 6. Graduate credit now is available for all three courses.