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    Professional Development

    Ohio as America Professional Development Institute 

    Dates: July 31, 2017 - August 1, 2017 

    Grade: 4th Grade

    Contact Hours: 5 per day 

    Location: Ohio History Center- 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211

    Cost: 1 Day: $75    2 Days: $125    Optional Field Trips: $25 each (Statehouse/Newark Earthworks) 

    Educators can choose from a wide variety of hands-on activities and sessions that will explore topics related to basic textbook navigation, blended learning, tech basics, historical thinking skills, the A.I.R. assessments, project-based learning, digital literacy and more. 

    Highlights Include: 

    • Field Trips 
    • Primary Source Packets
    • Activity Materials
    • Ohio Maps
    • Teaching Strategies 
    • Program Resources 

    Register Today*:

    *Registration will remain open until July 1, 2017. If you have been awarded free admission to the Professional Development Institute please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 614-297-2570. 

    Want to attend the PD Institute for free? 

    • Enter our raffle for a chance to win free admission to the upcoming Ohio as America Professional Development Institute (a $125 value). Simply submit an entry through this link, sharing details about a unique lesson, student experience, funny anecdote or success story using Ohio as America 2.0 in your classroom.
    • Another way to attend the Institute for free is to use Twitter to submit pictures of Ohio as America 2.0 in action in your classroom. Post to @ohiohistory and use the hashtag #ohioasamericapix to show us how you're incorporating our powerful new resource into your teaching. We will pick the top three pictures with the following prizes: 

    1st Place: Free-day admission plus two field trips ($175 value)

    2nd Place: Free two-day admission plus one field trip ($150 value) 

    3rd Place: Free two-day admission ($125 value) 

    The drawing for both contests will be held on March 1, 2017. Good luck and thanks for being an Ohio as America subscriber! 

    Ohio as America Professional Development Institute Proposal Submissions 

    The Ohio as America Professional Development Institute is designed to provide 4th grade social studies teachers using Ohio as America with additional hands-on activities, resources and materials they can utilize in their classrooms. Possible session topics include innovative ways to integrate Ohio as America into the classroom, blended learning, historical thinking skills, financial literacy, the A.I.R. assessments, project-based learning, and digital literacy. 

    *Educators, curriculum coordinators and content experts are encouraged to apply 

    *All  presenters must utilize Ohio as America in their session 

    *All sessions will be 1 hour

    *Submission proposals are Due by February 15, 2017

    *Presenters will receive free admission to the PD Institute 

    Submit a Proposal Today! 

    District Professional Development Workshops 

    If you wish to schedule a Professional Development Workshop for your district please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614.297.2570. 

        2 hr. $20 per teacher + mileage* 

        4 hr. $40 per teacher + mileage*

    *Franklin County Schools will be excluded from paying mileage.

    We require a minimum of five teachers per Workshop. Each Workshop may not exceed 30 teachers.


    Ohio as America PD Bites

    Using Object-Based Learning as a Teaching Tool  

    Presented by: Sohayla Pagano, Coordinator, Educational Outreach 

    Sohayla Pagano, Coordinator, Educational Outreach, discusses the power of objects and object-based learning in the classroom. Learn how examining objects as primary sources can engage students' natural curiosity and help them develop and refine historical thinking skills. To watch this PD bite Click Here


    Ohio as America-Distance Learning Opportunities 

    Presented by: Matthew Schulleck, Distance Learning Coordinator

    Matthew Schulleck, Distance Learning Coordinator, defines Distance Learning (DL) and discusses the benefits of participating in DL programming. He also reviews equipment requirements for running a DL program, and the variety of DL programs and resources offered by the Ohio History Connection, and other institutions in Ohio and across the country. To watch this PD bite  Click Here



    Blended Learning 

    Presented by: Betty Blockinger, Creative Learning Factory Coordinator 

    Betty Blockinger, Creative Learning Factory Coordinator, defines blended learning and gives tips and tricks on how to implement it in the classroom. She also showcases blended learning resources designed for classroom use. To watch this PD bite Click Here 



    Ohio History Day: Youth Division 

    Presented by: Betsy Hedler, Youth Coordinator , Ohio History Day

    Betsy Hedler, Youth Coordinator, Ohio History Day, discusses the basics of Youth History Day, how educators can get involved in Youth History Day, where to find resources, student project types, tips to help students begin their project, and Youth History Day as project-based learning. To watch this PD bite Click Here 







    Primary Sources: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills 

    Presented by: Carmen Derrick, Content Coordinator

    Carmen Derrick, Content Coordinator, discuss how primary and secondary sources can be used in the classroom to engage students and develop critical thinking skills.She provides information on how to navigate valuable online resources and how to appropriately utilize them in educational materials. To watch this PD bite Click Here 

    Contact Us

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    Ohio History Connection
    800 E. 17th Ave. 
    Columbus, Oh 43211
    To request information on Ohio as America
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