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The Ohio Humanities Council (OHC) is supporting six summer institutes for K-12 teachers during the summer of 2013. These institutes are designed to expand and enrich the classroom experience for educators and students.
For the past thirteen years, OHC has supported institutes that have taken place at college and universities in all parts of our state. The institutes have given teachers extensive exposure to a wide range of humanities topics, which enhanced the education of thousands of K-12 students.
The following institutes are available in the summer of 2013. A brochure is available here.
Central Ohio Technical College (Coshocton) – July 23-27
This 5-day teachers institute builds on Ohio Chautauqua, a traveling living history program, to provide K-12 teachers with a fresh perspective on Ohio’s frontier era. The Institute features living history performances and scholar workshops, readings and lectures, and will conclude with an in-depth tour of historic Roscoe Village.
Teachers may earn 2 semester hours of graduate credit at a reduced rate through Muskingum University.
For more information, contact Teri Holder: 740-622-1408
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education (Cincinnati) – June 17-21
Geared toward teachers of grades 6-12, this 5-day institute will provide the opportunity to learn the history of the Holocaust from experts in the field. Humanity scholars and humanists facilitate engaging sessions that encourage teachers to use an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. CHHE attempts to align all Institute activities to Ohio State and Common Core Standards. Educators also have the opportunity to participate in follow-up education opportunities.
For more information, contact Alexis B. Storch: 513-487-3055
Hiram College (Hiram) – July 8-13
Institute participants will become familiar with the rich collections of American art in Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown. Middle and high school teachers of history, social studies, American literature, fine art, and art history will find the study of America from the perspective of material culture a useful tool for their own comprehension of critical historical issues, for engaging their students in interpreting history through visual language, and as a means to enliven their classroom teaching.
For more information, contact Lisa Safford: 330-569-5307
University of Toledo (Toledo) – July 22-26
Institute participants will learn how to identify the humanities as they are found in an ordinary, urban neighborhood and use them to create culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy for teaching all subjects. The institute focuses on the African American culture of the present neighborhood “Kwanzaa Park.” Participants will learn about the area’s Polish history, when it was known as “Kuschwants.” Arab, Hungarian, and Native American communities and cultures will also be explored.
For more information, contact Lynne Hamer: 419-530-7749
Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center (Rio Grande) – June 17-21
The goal of this institute is to enhance teachers’ knowledge and understanding of Appalachian history, heritage, and culture and Appalachia’s place in American history. Teachers will gain this knowledge through presentations by noted humanities scholars, by experiencing selected landmarks first-hand and hearing their interpretation by local historians, through readings and music performances, and with assistance in methodology development by master teachers.
For more information, contact Ivan Tribe: 740-596-4201
Miami University (Oxford) – June 24-28
By studying works of well-known Latina writers Sandra Cisneros and Esmeralda Santiago, participants will better understand the lives of their Latino/Hispanic students and acquire a greater appreciation of literature as a source of cultural insight. Educators will take field trips and meet leaders of the Hispanic community in the greater Cincinnati area and will also dialogue with experts on immigration, health, and education issues. Participants then develop classroom activities based on their experiences.
For more information, contact Katie Fowler-Córdova: 513-692-3365