Leaving on a Jet Plane

Again, I have been remiss in my blog posting duties. This time I blame it on all the amazing things John and I have been doing to prepare for this year’s NHD competition. Also, we are already brainstorming ways to make next year’s program better than ever.

But today, That History Day Guy and I are sitting at the Albany airport, waiting for thunderstorms to clear in Baltimore so we can fly down for a professional conference.

This conference is pretty exciting. It’s for the Teaching with Primary Sources program by the Library of Congress. What is that, you ask? Well, I pulled this quote right from the website: “The Teaching with Primary Sources Program works with colleges and other educational organizations to deliver professional development programs that help teachers use the Library of Congress’s rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.”

John wrote a grant earlier this year to help us fund a project that gets more teachers involved in History Day. We were funded by Waynesburg University, which is the Eastern Region recipient of LoC funds. They, in turn, granted us funding as a sub-recipient. (Yes, it’s confusing!)

Anyhoo – We are traveling to D.C. to get trained up on how to use Library of Congress resources to make History Day in New York State better. Once we get home, we are going to start offering new professional development opportunities to New York’s History Day teachers. So, keep your eyes peeled. Details will follow soon.

Oh! I have to run; our flight is getting ready to board. Looks like we might just get there after all.

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