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March, 2012

[+] CICERO Kids Contest to Win a SONY Tablet S



CICERO Kids Contest to Win a SONY Tablet S

CICERO Kids™ Contest to Win a SONY Tablet™ S

Free trial automatically enters you into a chance to win free prizes, including a SONY Tablet™ S and a lifetime subscription to CICERO Kids™

 

To celebrate the release of CICERO Kids™, we’re offering fans the chance to win a lifetime subscription plus a SONY Tablet™ S! This is a $649 value. The only way to win is to sign up for a free trial before April 30th, with the winner announced on Friday, May 4th. Official contest rules are below:

1.     Sign up for a free trial account for CICERO Kids™ in the month of March or April.

2.     You are automatically entered in a drawing for the Sony Tablet™ S and CICERO Kids subscription.

3.     No purchase is necessary. All entries must be created online by creating a free trial account for CICERO Kids.

4.     Click HERE to create your free account at www.cicerokids.com and be entered to win!

Learn more about CICERO Kids by watching this short video:




[+] Classroom Historians published by Robby Brown and Dr. Fran Macko



Classroom Historians published by Robby Brown and Dr. Fran Macko

 

“Classroom Historians” published by Robby Brown and Dr. Fran Macko

New book, co-written by AIHE staff, presents historical thinking and reading methods designed to build classroom historians and engage all students in history

History is a vibrant and passionate discipline that provides learners with a unique lens to view how we, as a nation and as a people, achieved our position in the world. The past, however, can be a confusing and mystifying world if students are not armed with the skills to think historically or read history texts and historical sources.  How can educators prepare their students to think and read as historians do, and engage them in critical thinking activities that require intense processing and investigation?

Classroom Historians: Building Student Understanding of the Past addresses this question by presenting both the concepts and research that underlie historical thinking and reading, and the processes and strategies that teachers need to engage students in history and build the skills they need to become classroom historians.  The authors provide targeted strategies, teaching models, graphic organizers and step by step instructions for classroom activities that can be applied to students in grades 4-12.

With the current push toward adoption of the Common Core Standards, these strategies provide teachers with the tools necessary to help students meet - and exceed - those standards.

You can buy Classroom Historians through AIHE (856.241.1990) for a discounted rate, or online at Amazon.com

 




[+] Photographs of the Underground Railroad: Exploring the Mt. Zion Church in Swedesboro, NJ



Photographs of the Underground Railroad: Exploring the Mt. Zion Church in Swedesboro, NJ

Photographs of the Underground Railroad: Exploring the Mt. Zion Church in Swedesboro, NJ

Active church includes hidden doorways used to hide slaves on the Underground Railroad




[+] A Conference on the Judiciary for Teachers - April 18th



A Conference on the Judiciary for Teachers - April 18th

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,

the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence,

and the Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative Democracy (PennCORD)

Present

“A CONFERENCE ON THE JUDICIARY FOR TEACHERS”

Lehigh County Courthouse

455 West Hamilton Street

Allentown, PA 18101-1614

April 18, 2012

8:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.

·         Learn about the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions in this engaging and interactive one-day institute.  The program is free to Pennsylvania educators. 

·         Review and examine key cases in the history of judicial review and learn about it from both a United States and Pennsylvania Constitutional perspective. 

·         Learn how the United States Supreme Court has changed its role over the course of history and how this affects the division of powers between the federal and state governments. 

·         Hear how state constitutions are being used by state courts as a basis of protecting individual rights.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Theodore v. Delaware Valley (a case involving drug testing in the schools) will be examined. 

·         Receive free lesson materials from the Pennsylvania Bar Association on the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions that can be used with students in the classrooms. 

·         Network with colleagues and exchange ideas on teaching about the courts and judicial system.

·         Find out how to follow cases moving up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and how to create your own lessons on past or future court cases. 

·         Engage in a mock Pennsylvania Supreme Court argument with a distinguished panel of jurists and a team of your colleagues. 

·         Hear from a prominent panel of jurists about how Pennsylvania’s court system works and what judges do: from the minor courts to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

 

AGENDA

8:30 a.m.     Registration

9:00 a.m.     Welcome

9:10 a.m.     Warm-up Exercise

9:45 a.m.     Roundtable: Judges on Judging

 10:45 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.     Standard Aligned System Mock PA Supreme Court Argument

12:15 p.m.     Luncheon

1:15 p.m.     Changing Roles: The Old, Modern and Contemporary Courts and their Impact on Federalism

2:45 p.m.     Evaluation

 

RSVP no later than April 2, 2012 to speckerb@arcadia.edu.




[+] Post-War Suffrage Campaign



Post-War Suffrage Campaign

Post-War Suffrage Campaign

Dr. Judith Giesberg, of Villanova University, presents this month's Talking History on post-war suffrage and the women of the Civil War

TALKING HISTORY REGISTRATION

March’s Talking History presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30pm, will focus on women during and immediately following the Civil War.

Dr. Judith Giesberg, an associate professor of History at Villanova University, has completed extensive research on this topic and will specifically present information on the post-war suffrage campaign.

Dr. Giesberg’s most recent book, entitled Army at Home: Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front (Civil War America), introduces readers to women whose Civil War experiences have long been ignored. Dr. Giesberg examines the lives of working-class women in the North, for whom home front was a battlefield of its own.

Black and white working-class women managed farms that had been left without a male head of household, worked in munitions factories, made uniforms, and located and cared for injured or dead soldiers. As they became more active in their new roles, they became visible as political actors, writing letters, signing petitions, moving (or refusing to move) from their homes, and confronting civilian and military officials. 

At the heart of the book are stories of women who fought the draft in New York and Pennsylvania, protested segregated streetcars in San Francisco and Philadelphia, and demanded a living wage in the needle trades and safer conditions at the Federal arsenals where they labored. Dr. Giesberg challenges readers to think about women and children who were caught up in the military conflict but nonetheless refused to become its collateral damage. She offers a dramatic reinterpretation of how America's Civil War reshaped the lived experience of race and gender and brought swift and lasting changes to working-class family life. This insightful examination of the women (and men) who served during the Civil War in the U.S. Sanitary Commission (USSC), the largest wartime benevolent institution, challenges established scholarship on the history of women's public activism. Dr. Giesberg demonstrates convincingly that the Civil War generation of women provided a crucial link between the local evangelical crusades of the early nineteenth century and the sweeping national reform and suffrage movements of the postwar period.

To purchase this book, visit our bookstore: http://astore.amazon.com/aibo05-20/detail/080783307X

 




[+] Civic Awareness Day: June 1st and 2nd at Rutgers University



Civic Awareness Day: June 1st and 2nd at Rutgers University

Civic Awareness Day – June 1 & 2 at Rutgers University

Two-day workshop is designed to help teachers better understand how to integrate the teaching of democracy into their curriculum

 

Promoting Citizenship and Civic Consciousness:

Studying the History of American Democracy

June 1-2, 2012

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

 

Rutgers University

Busch Student Center

126 College Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

 

Price: FREE!

*12 Professional Development Credit Hours awarded upon completion

To sign up, send an e-mail to: info@franklinsopus.org

 

While youth in the Middle East and elsewhere demonstrate a level of political participation consciousness and commitment to democracy, American students seem increasingly disenchanted, if not disinterested, in politics.  Among the 18-30 year old demographic, voter turnout is low and cynicism and indifference are widespread.

Declining party identification and political participation among parents is reflected in the lack of interest in politics and civic affairs among their children.  The teaching of the democratic traditions that made the United States a great county and one that so many others have sought to emulate is no longer a core component of the secondary school curriculum. 

By adopting a historical approach, the workshop seeks to promote a dynamic understanding of democracy in America that views it as undergoing a continuous process of change.

Join Dr. Eric Davis and Dr. Fran Macko for a two day workshop designed to help teachers better understand how to integrate the teaching of democracy into their curriculum.  By adopting a historical approach, the workshop seeks to promote a dynamic understanding of democracy in America that views it as undergoing a continuous process of change.




[+] The History Hub, an Online Community of History Lovers



The History Hub, an Online Community of History Lovers

 

The History Hub, an Online Community of History Lovers

Franklin’s Opus, AIHE’s sister organization, has created a place where students, teachers, museums, historical organizations and university partners can gather to discuss historical interests

COME ONE, COME ALL to Franklin’s Opus’ History Hub! The “Hub” is a free, online community where all individuals are welcome to join as a member and to create a group for your venue, group, or class.  The goal of this community is to provide a place where everyone with an interest in history can learn from and network with others who share their passion.

WHAT CAN I DO HERE?

·        Spiff up your profile page: In the right navigation, click Settings and tell us about yourself, your work, and what you like to do. Most of all, have fun customizing your page!

·        Join a group: Looking for like-minded individuals? We have special interest groups, tools, and topics—there’s a group for every interest! 

·        Start or join a discussion: Ask a question, give advice, or leave a comment for a friend. 

·        Write a blog: Got a lot on your mind? Consider writing an ongoing blog and reading others’ posts and comments. 

Click here to join the Hub!




February, 2012

[+] AP Summer Institute Courses Announced



AP Summer Institute Courses Announced

AP Summer Institute Courses Announced

Anthony Fitzpatrick discusses AIHE's Twelve (12) History, Government, English and Foreign Language courses being offered in Summer 2012

REGISTRATION FORM

Anthony Fitzpatrick is AIHE’s Vice President of Professional Development Services. Anthony is AIHE's most requested presenter, traveling throughout the country to present professional development sessions on social studies content and pedagogy.

Q:  What’s new with AIHE’s Advanced Placement Summer Workshops this year?

Anthony Fitzpatrick: We have truly expanded our AP offerings beyond United States History.  We are running programs in English Composition and Literature, Foreign Languages, Pre-AP programming in English and Social Studies, as well as a full complement of History, Government, and Geography.  We have a wonderful program for teachers and are excited about offering it to more this year.

 

Q:  What options are available for teachers both locally and nationwide?

AF: We have many options for teachers all over the country.  Locally, teachers can commute daily or opt to stay in a local hotel.  Teachers from around the country can select the resident option and make travel arrangements themselves or have AIHE do all of the planning.  We have very reasonable pricing options to meet every need.  Breakfast and lunch are provided for all participants at the venue while dinner is provided to participants selecting the resident options.

 

Q: How are AP courses impactful for teachers?

AF: AP Summer Institutes are vital for those teaching or interested in teaching Advanced Placement Courses.  They give teachers the opportunity for teachers to learn from experts in the field.  These include content experts and those trained in the course requirements so that teachers can improve their students' success on the Advanced Placement tests.  This is very helpful in allowing students to obtain college credit that can save them an enormous amount of time and money during their undergraduate experience.  As someone that attended a summer institute during my teaching career, I can attest to the fact that I was better prepared to meet the needs of my students by attending.

 

Q: Can I obtain graduate credit for attending? What about state professional development credit hours?

AF: We are very pleased to be able to offer 3 graduate credits for our AP Summer Institute.  This is a new option this year and something I think makes the program very attractive.  Our credit provider (Ashland University) understands the need for reasonably priced graduate credits.  In comparing what our credits cost with the cost of other institutes, we truly offer value for our teachers.  

Teachers can receive state professional development credit.  We have agreements with most states to provide continuing education units.  It should be noted that it is always wise to get prior district approval for experiences that occur outside of your state.  This expedites the process for teachers.

 

Q: What does Pre-AP mean?

AF: Pre-AP is a program specifically geared toward teachers that do not teach AP but want to prepare their students for a future AP course.  It focuses on skills for success that will help students succeed in dealing with literature, primary sources and other measures of skills associated with AP courses.  The program promotes the need for a vertical team of educators that all play a part in student success.  I highly recommend these programs for upper elementary, middle and high school teachers.

 

Q: After the course concludes each day, what goes on at night?

AF: We are very excited to offer participants evening options.  We plan on having outings to Atlantic City, a Phillies game, and Philadelphia events during our evenings.  These options will be available for a la carte purchase for participants.  We have many connections with locations in these areas and can deliver these options at cost for teachers.  I really felt that since we are surrounded by so many wonderful things, why not plan evenings for teachers to enjoy Atlantic City and Philadelphia.  We've had many teachers come to us from around the country that had never seen the ocean.  After planning an evening event for a few teachers last year, we said to ourselves - "Why can't we offer this to everyone?"

 

Q: How can I register?

AF: Participants can register online at: http://americaninstituteforhistory.org/services/apreg.php.  

The process is really simple.  Register, print out the form and send it in with a check or purchase order. Registration for graduate credits will be taken care of during the sessions.

 

Q: Final thoughts?

AF: I encourage everyone to explore these offerings.  It is so wonderful to be able to learn from experts and collaborate with other teachers.  We've worked hard to develop a program that is well-run, academically valuable, and cost effective for school districts and teachers.

 

For more information, check out our Advanced Placement course descriptions: http://americaninstituteforhistory.org/ap/




[+] March 1st Deadline for $24,000 James Madison Fellowship Scholarships



March 1st Deadline for $24,000 James Madison Fellowship Scholarships

March 1st Deadline for $24,000 James Madison

Fellowship Scholarships

The Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships of up to $24,000 to middle and high school teachers seeking to obtain a Masters Degree in History

The American Institute for History Education (AIHE) and the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation (Foundation) are pleased to announce the 2012 Graduate Fellowship competition, offering scholarships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012.

The Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships of up to $24,000 to middle and high school teachers (as well as recent college graduates planning a teaching career) seeking to obtain a Masters Degree with an emphasis in History and Constitutional Studies.  Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the state of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year. Detailed application information can be found at http://www.act.org/madison/.

The James Madison Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government. Funding for the Foundation’s programs comes from Congress and generous contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. The Foundation has a Board of Trustees and its daily operations are directed by a president and a small staff. The Foundation’s office is located in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the James Madison Foundation at http://www.jamesmadison.gov/.




[+] Bring HISTORY to Elementary Students



Bring HISTORY to Elementary Students


Bring HISTORY to Elementary Students

CICERO Kids™, ClickNKIDS and eSchools offer wide varieties of options for the Young Reader

Every day, the new phrase on the lips of administrators around the country is “Common Core.” We can ignore it for a few more months, but training will begin next school year with testing beginning in 2013-2014. Now, teachers of Language Arts will have to teach historical documents while Social Studies teachers will have to delve into the world of English-Language Arts. Common Core is here to stay, and we have the tools necessary for success.

So, what do you get when you combine CICERO Kids™ with ClickN KIDS Reading, Phonics and Spelling, and you place it all on an eSchools Learning Management System? That’s correct! A 21st century teaching tool that meets all Common Core Requirements. As we continue to combine these components into the ultimate Elementary resource for Common Core, we’ll continue to send you updates and a free trial. These resources separately are wonderful (see below) and we’re thrilled with the projected final result. Replace your antiquated textbooks and workbooks for $10 per student or LESS! 

Below you’ll find additional information on these resources, including the hyperlinks to their websites. Please call us for pricing: (856) 241-1990

 

CICERO Kids™ - http://www.cicerokids.com

Let your teaching adventures begin with CICERO Kids™! An interactive museum is the setting for students in Preschool through 5th grade to learn American history and social studies. CICERO Kids™ provides powerful, sustainable and easy to use multimedia digital resources designed to engage students, enhance the overall learning environment and increase student achievement.  

eSchools™ - http://www.eschools.us/

eSchools is a complete education management system for Elementary, Junior and High Schools . . .an integrated system with real-time data, from any location at your finger tips.

ClickNKIDS™ - http://www.clicknkids.com/

Beginning reading, spelling and phonics programs that closely matches live expert reading tutor instruction. On-screen instructor speaks exactly like an expert reading tutor in a live classroom.  Colorful Looney Tunes® characters lead the way to learning. 




[+] An Interview with ClickN KIDS CEO, Armie Carabet



An Interview with ClickN Kids CEO, Armie Carabet

An Interview with ClickN KIDS CEO, Armie Carabet

ClickNKIDS products, including Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics and ClickN SPELL, are now available through AIHE

 

Q:  Can you give our readers a brief background of ClickNKids? How and when did your company begin, and is your primary focus online resources?

Armie Carabet:  In 2004, ClickN KIDS launched their highly acclaimed ClickN READ Phonics program. ClickN KIDS has now combined their scientific research based curriculum with the world-famous Looney Tunes characters, under the title Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics. ClickN KIDS is utilizing the power of the internet to deliver interactive and individualized programs that couple sound instructional design with state-of-the-art technology to deliver instruction unrestricted by geography or time. The beginning reading program, ClickN READ Phonics, is regarded as cutting edge and the first of its kind by the academic community. Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics, based on the original ClickN READ Phonics program, is a proven concept for teaching children to read and retain with measurable results.  

 

Q:  Can you give a short description of each of your products and the appropriate age level?

AC:  ClickN KIDS currently has 3 live educational programs available for all students. ClickN READ Phonics, ClickN SPELL & Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics.

-ClickN READ Phonics: ClickN READ Phonics teaches the entire kindergarten to 3rd grade phonics curriculum taught at USA public schools through 100 interactive cartoon animated online phonics lessons. Any child can learn English, and learn to read correctly, in a phonics game-like environment that is great fun and easy to use. Our phonics program is designed for children as young as 4 years old learning to read English for the first time, older children struggling to learn to read, learning disabled children and even adults learning English as a second language.

- ClickN SPELL: ClickN SPELL is a research based spelling program for PreK through 5th grade that teaches the 800 most commonly used words in the English language. The program may also be used as an intervention curriculum for struggling spellers regardless of age or grade level. Mastering this list of words has been proven to be very successful in mastering English. For example, the most commonly spoken 800 words are used 13 times more frequently than the next most common 800 words. ClickN SPELL therefore provides a solid foundation not just for spelling, but also for the English language in general.

- Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics: Delivered online, Looney Tunes Phonics contains 100 research based interactive cartoon lessons that teach the entire kindergarten to 3rd grade phonics curriculum. Children master reading skills in an interactive environment that is fun and easy to use. Featuring the zany antics of Bugs Bunny, Daffy, Taz, Tweety and more, children learn to read the right way with help from the world famous Looney Tunes characters. The Looney Tunes gang entertains your child and kids will delight in meeting the new character Professor Wizbot, the on-screen instructor in Looney Tunes Phonics, who teaches one click at a time®.

 

Q:  Can you give us a little more information about the Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics?

AC:  Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics is based on the research literature on effective reading instruction as reviewed and summarized by the National Reading Panel. In addition, Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics is conceptualized as a Tier II-Supplemental instructional intervention that supports and is linked directly with the core beginning reading instruction provided in general education classrooms. The target letter sounds, sight words, word families, prefixes, and suffixes taught in Looney Tunes ClickN READ Phonics were carefully selected and organized into a scope and sequence directly aligned and synchronized with the typical introduction of these elements in core beginning reading curricula.

 

Q:  One of the fascinating parts of the ClickN KIDS program is the ability for the teacher to see detailed student reports broken down into strengths and weaknesses. Can you give us a little more information on this?

AC:  Here are the details regarding ClickN KIDS “Industry Best Reports”:

-Industry Best Progress Reports: All mouse and keyboard entries are saved and can be viewed any time from any online computer. Our progress reports show a level of precision not found in other phonics reading programs!

-Cumulative Results Report: This report combines all Individual Reports into one easy to understand summary report customized for each user. See scores as a percentage and compare them to other users. Easily identify the exact areas in which your child may need help and then see the specific lessons to repeat if necessary. http://www.looneytunesphonics.com/public/sample_cumulative_report.php

-Individual Lesson Report: Individual lesson reports are shown at the end of every lesson showing exactly how each child performed on that lesson. Reports for all lessons (even repeated lessons) are auto-saved and can be viewed online any time. http://www.looneytunesphonics.com/public/sample_individual_report.php

-School Account License Usage Report: This report is a very powerful tool for schools. Monitor activity levels for all licenses purchased and view usage data for all teachers and students. http://www.looneytunesphonics.com/public/sample_usage_report.php

-For School Administrators: Program administrators have easy access any time to data for reporting requirements and to allocate student licenses more effectively. Additionally, there is visibility of exactly where help may be needed to increase usage of the program(s) also helping to maximize the return on investment.

-For Teachers: Improve time management, Teachers have their own personal dashboard showing the current lesson for each student as well as lessons completed, average lessons run per week, total weeks used plus starting and most recently used dates. This snapshot view allows teachers to multi-task and manage multiple students more effectively.

 

Q:  Can you describe the advantages of partnering with AIHE’s CICERO Systems?

AC:  ClickN KIDS is thrilled to have partnered with AIHE. We view AIHE as a leading education company whom carries relationships with various school districts across the country. Partnering with AIHE was a natural fit for ClickN KIDS; we are confident in AIHE’s ability to distribute ClickN KIDS products more efficiently than other potential or current distributors as AIHE is not a traditional distributor who carries thousands of products and particular core product focus. We believe that AIHE’s ability to focus on the ClickN KIDS product will aid expand the expansion of the ClickN KIDS brand while helping to create a successful 2012 for AIHE and ClickN KIDS.

 




January, 2012

[+] Be the First to Test Drive CICERO Kids



Be the First to Test Drive CICERO Kids

Be the First to Test Drive CICERO Kids™

CICERO Kids™ is in Beta Version, available for a limited trial

 

Provide CICERO Kids™ feedback HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MC2Y3RT

 

CICERO Kids™ is a new, interactive digital resource from the minds behind CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™. Currently in Beta Version for testing, the creative team is offering an exclusive free trial for feedback. CICERO Kids™ was created by teachers for teacher and student use, specifically designed for the PreK-5th grade Social Studies, U.S. History and Language Arts classroom.

For your free trial of CICERO Kids™, simply go to www.cicerokids.com and click on the top-right corner button entitled “LOGIN.” This will prompt you to create an account. Once this step is completed, feel free to explore Unit 1 (Explorers & New World Settlements) on the far left of the Main Lobby. Features include the “Learning Table,” “Map Drawer,” “Reader’s Corner,” “Sights and Sounds,” “Work Files,” “Research Center,” and the “Challenge Chest.”

In the main lobby, you’ll find our STEM-based characters, including Simon (Science), Tullia (Technology), Enzo (Engineering), and Megan (Math) along with Arturo (Arts), Mr. Harvey (Reading) and Ms. Livy (Museum Curator). Tullia and Enzo will reappear throughout the museum, giving you the ability to learn interesting historical facts and teach your students about featured artifacts. The STEM focus reaches beyond just the characters, integrated into the lessons and activities provided within each unit. Students are also able to explore the rooms, having the opportunity to learn about the explorers through an interactive map or watch an exciting video on the Native Americans!

After taking a few moments to review CICERO Kids™, please provide us with your feedback via SurveyMonkey:

 

Provide CICERO Kids™ feedback HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MC2Y3RT




[+] National Heroes Day History Contest Details Announced



National Heroes Day History Contest Details Announced

National Heroes Day History Contest Announced

Franklin's Opus, AIHE's sister nonprofit organization, recently announced the second annual Heroes Day History Bowl

 

www.nationalheroesday.com

 

What is the Heroes Day Contest?

  • It's a fun, friendly  competition between students from schools across the country who love history
  • All components of the contest are online and can be completed by one or more member(s) of each team in any order between January 15th, 2012 and April 5th, 2012
  • Plus, it's FREE!!!!  There are absolutely no charges associated with competing 

 

Who can compete?

  • Teams from across the United States composed of 6 students 
  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in public or private high schools
  • Each team must have a teacher adviser
  • Schools and Teachers may enroll more than one team

 

How Do I Register?

  • Name your team!  Teacher Advisers must create an account on Franklin's Opus History Hub and create a group name for each team
  • Once registered in The Hub, you can access the various components of the competition 
  • We will use The Hub to send out updates and track the standings in the contest

 

Where is the contest held?

  • The preliminary components of the contest are all online, found in the Franklin's Opus History Hub
  • The top 5 teams will win $1000.00 towards their travel costs to the History Bowl Contest at a location to be determined
  • The first video and two guided readings are currently on the website, with more to come!

 

How do I become a finalist?

  • Watch and Complete Quizzes on Three (3) Who's My Hero Videos
  • Read and Complete Quizzes on Twelve (12) Heroes Readings
  • Post One(1) Student-Generated Hero Video, PowerPoint or Multimedia presentation (tiebreaker) on Franklin's Opus History Hub

For questions, please e-mail us at 

info@franklinsopus.org




[+] AIHE, ClickNKids Announce Partnership



AIHE, ClickNKids Announce Partnership

AIHE, ClickNKids Announce Partnership

ClickNKids products like ClickNRead Phonics and ClickNSpell will perfectly complement AIHE’s newest product, CICERO Kids™

Swedesboro, NJ (January 30, 2011) — The American Institute for History Education (AIHE) is pleased to announce a partnership with ClickNKids, the creator of the best online reading products for the Young Learner on the market today. Its signature product, ClickNRead Phonics, is an interactive reading program with hundreds of lessons for Kingergarten-3rd Grade students. One of its best functions is the teacher reporting section, which allows teachers to view their individual students’ results broken down into sound, speed and difficulty.

ClickNKids’ mission is to become the foremost provider of engaging and highly interactive software and scientific research-based curriculum available in an online format. All curriculum was created based on the National Reading Panel Research led by Dr. J. Ron Nelson, a nationally recognized early education professor. ClickNKids programs are also correlated to Language Arts Core Curriculum Standards and categorized based on a carefully organized scope and sequence.

ClickNRead Phonics and ClickNSpell will perfectly complement the launch of the STEM-based CICERO Kids™, giving school districts numerous available bundle options for the Young Learner.

For more information on ClickNKids, visit their website at www.clicknkids.com or contact AIHE at solutions@aihe.info




[+] American Indian and European Encounters



American Indian and European Encounters

American Indian and European Encounters, 1500-1775

William Bauer, University of Nevada – Las Vegas

 

*To view Professor Bauer’s archived Talking History presentation, CLICK HERE

 

The meeting between Indigenous North Americans and Europeans in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was a momentous event in the world’s history.  For one, it brought together representatives of vastly different cultures and nations.  Sometimes peaceful, often violent, scholars have pondered the meanings of these encounters for centuries.  Additionally, contact altered the globe’s economy.  Natural resources – whether beaver skins, fish, or gold – left North, Central and South America for Europe in exchange for manufactured goods. We have been convinced, however, that the meeting of two continents represented a clash of cultures.  Although this certainly explains some encounters between Indigenous peoples and Europeans, it fails to consider all.  This presentation looks at some theories or interpretations about the cultural encounter and then considers more closely the political and economic relationship between Hurons and the French in 17th and 18th century Great Lakes.  I suggest that it might be more profitable to look at areas of Native and European cooperation as much as conflict in early North American history.

There are several ways to interpret the encounter between Indigenous people and Europeans.  The most common explanation was cultural conflict.  Here, American Indians and Europeans possessed vastly different cultural practices and could not any area of compromise.  A good example of cultural conflict is land and land ownership.  Europeans came to North America with and developed practices of private property (land) ownership.  American Indians possessed a more communal pattern of land ownership, where communities and larger political entities owned the land but all people had access to use it.  These two land ownership systems clashed throughout the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in treaty councils.  Another explanation is cultural accommodation, where American Indians and Europeans found areas of common ground in North America.  We will explore examples of these in more detail in our presentation.  Finally, cultural disagreements occurred throughout North American history.  American Indians and Europeans understood that they had similar experiences, cultures and beliefs, however they dwelled on their cultural differences, not similarities.  In other words, American Indians and Europeans had similar goals in the encounter – diplomatic, economic and social ones.  Yet, rather then looking for the areas that united them, both sides frequently emphasized what made them different.   

In this month’s Talking History, we explored several examples of cultural accommodation in North America.  We also focused on the economic and political relationships between the Huron and their French neighbors in the Great Lakes region in the seventeenth century.  Here, Hurons and the French relied on one another for their economic and political survival.  Moreover, neither side could force one another to do the other’s bidding.  Thus, they had to discover and cultivate areas where they could understand one another and work together in North America.  Furthermore, I suggested that these cultural accommodations were extremely profitable and productive for both sides. 

 

Further Reading:

Calvin Martin, Keepers of the Game: Indian-Animal Relationships and the Fur Trade (University of California Press, 1977)

Richard White, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Cambridge University Press, 1991)

James Merrell, The Indians’ New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact to the Age of Removal (University of North Carolina Press, 2009, 1989).

James Merrell, Into the American Woods: Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier (W.W. Norton, 2000).

William Bauer (Wailacki and Concow of the Round Valley Indian Tribes) is an associate professor of history at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.  He is the author of “We Were All Like Migrant Workers Here”: Labor, Community and Memory on California’s Round Valley Reservation, 1850-1941




[+] James Madison Foundation offers $24,000 Scholarships to Graduate Students



James Madison Foundation offers $24,000 Scholarships to Graduate Students

James Madison Foundation offers $24,000 scholarships to Graduate Students

Scholarships offered to applicants in every state, with the application deadline scheduled for March 1, 2012

 

Swedesboro, NJ (January 30, 2012) – The American Institute for History Education (AIHE) and the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation (Foundation) are pleased to announce the 2012 Graduate Fellowship competition, offering scholarships to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012.

The Foundation offers James Madison Fellowships of up to $24,000 to middle and high school teachers (as well as recent college graduates planning a teaching career) seeking to obtain a Masters Degree with an emphasis in constitutional studies.  Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the state of their legal residence. Generally, one Fellowship per state is awarded each year. Detailed application information can be found at http://www.act.org/madison/.

The James Madison Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government. Funding for the Foundation’s programs comes from Congress and generous contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. The Foundation has a Board of Trustees and its daily operations are directed by a president and a small staff. The Foundation’s office is located in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact the James Madison Foundation at http://www.jamesmadison.gov/.





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