• 05 Mar 2016 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Free Education Program Opportunity

    For middle and high school Social Studies teachers who teach or reside in Delaware, Jay, Randolph or Wayne counties.

    Download the flyer for more information

    Indiana Teachers Flyer.pdf

  • 17 Feb 2016 1:07 PM | Ellie James (Administrator)
    MBC and FC Brochure for Web.pdf

    The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) has created two lessons with videos on Indiana history as we prepare for the bicentennial. They are free for educators. Please see the attached flier for access information.

  • 16 Feb 2016 2:52 PM | Robert Brady (Administrator)

    The Chinese Education Connection can place you in a Chinese school for a one to three-week summer school experience.  The cost is less than that of your airfare to Asia.  Visas are an additional $240 for a total $840.



    A three-week camp at the University of Science and Technology of Beijing for high school teachers to teach Chinese university students.  This summer camp is for newly matriculating students who need practice in speaking English and in understanding spoken English.

    Zhejiang Province

    A one-week summer school with middle school students (grades 5-8) to provide practice in speaking and listening in English


    A one-week summer school for elementary students (grades 1-7) with beginning English skills.

    All teachers will have a full-time, bilingual Chinese teaching assistant.  For further details, contact Phil Boley, Director of Operations, Chinese Education Connection.  phil.boley@econnectionchina.org

  • 12 Feb 2016 9:41 AM | Ellie James (Administrator)
    The Every Student Succeeds Act is beginning to make its way through the legislative process and we need your help! Please consider sending your support for social studies funding to your legislator. You can find a form email and contact information on the Advocacy page of the ICSS website at http://indianacouncilforthesocialstudies.shuttlepod.org/Advocacy.

  • 09 Feb 2016 9:38 AM | Ellie James (Administrator)
    National Park Trust's annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest empowers students to plan their own educational park experience. Open to all Title 1 schools for grades PreK through 12, this contest provides grants of up to $1,000 to cover transportation, park-related fees, stewardship supplies, or anything else students believe would enhance their experience. Our 2016 contest will be awarding 100 park grants to 100 schools nationwide. Deadline is March 4, 2016. Details can be found at www.kidstoparks.org.

    KTP Day School Contest Flyer 2016.pdf 

  • 15 Jan 2016 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Living on the Edge of Empire: Alliance, Conflict and Captivity is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. The workshop will be presented the week of July 10 through July 15 and again the week of July 24 through July 29, 2016. The workshop places the Deerfield Raid of 1704 in the broader context of the history of Colonial New England. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. Go to http://edge-empire.deerfield-ma.org/for a description of the program and instructions on how to apply. NEH Summer Scholars who are chosen for these workshops will be awarded a $1200 stipend to help defray travel and accommodation costs.


    For a century from 1660 to 1760 the bucolic New England village of Deerfield was a crossroads where differing visions and ambitions of diverse Native American Nations and European colonial empires interacted peacefully and clashed violently. During a memorable three-hour span in the early 1700s, the town stood at the center of the struggle to control the continent. The 1704 Raid on Deerfield is a doorway to a fascinating and important part of American history. It was an event rooted in religious conflicts, personal and family retribution, alliance, and kinship ties. The Raid on Deerfield and the colonial world that produced it, helped to create a distinctive American identity and world view that became a backdrop for the American Revolution.


    Workshop Summer Scholars will explore global issues while also considering ways in which this history can offer a compelling entry point for teaching the complexities of the early American colonial period and the many cultural groups who comprised it – Native nations, enslaved Africans, and the French and English settlers.


  • 15 Jan 2016 2:21 PM | Robert Brady (Administrator)

    Title: AP Redesign Scholarship available for World History

    The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities will be hosting an AP Summer Institute this July on the campus of Ball State University.  AP Redesign Scholarships are available for one of our social studies workshops: AP World History.  The February 1st deadline for scholarship applications is quickly approaching!  See below for more information:

    • Each year, the College Board offers a limited number of scholarships toward APSI tuition for AP teachers who will be teaching a redesigned AP course. If you want to attend an APSI and have no other source of funding, we encourage you to apply.
    • AP Redesign scholarships cover APSI tuition for teachers who will be teaching AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP World History in the 2016-17 academic year. You must teach in a district with a median income of below $87,500 and/or in a school where at least 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
    • Click here to apply for an AP Redesign scholarship - Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2016.

    If you have any questions about our AP Summer Institute, please contact Jessica Mowery via phone at 765-285-6156 or email at jdmowery@bsu.edu

  • 15 Jan 2016 2:11 PM | Robert Brady (Administrator)


    In recognition of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016 , Paoli Community School Corporation is sponsoring Discovery Fest 2016.


    All of us are at HOME in Indiana. Whether we live in rural, suburban or an urban area, Indiana is our HOME - the home we choose to celebrate and ignite for future generations! How can we ignite and improve our hometown, city, county or state? How can we use technology to identify improvements needed and what solutions might be considered? As the Voices of the Future , Indiana students in grades K-12 are invited to ask and answer these important questions in creative and innovative ways through:

    1. The use technology to discover a problem or idea (research, observe, interactive survey, photograph, video, etc.)
    2.  The use technology to communicate a problem or idea (infographics, blogs, podcasts, videocast, interactive slide presentations, etc.)
    3. The use technology to help solve a problem or put an idea into action (web app, mobile app, website, social media solution, digital improvement of existing item, QR codes, etc.


    Discovery Fest 2016 will accept project submissions from K-12 students enrolled in public schools and nonpublic schools. “Plans for participation” are being accepted now at the link below and the plans may be submitted until February 1, 2016 . Projects may then be submitted online through March 4, 2016 .


    All submitted projects will be assessed and scores will be provided. Students with top-rated projects may be invited to present at an eLearning conference in the Summer of 2016!


    Learn more about Discovery Fest 2016 at http://www.paoli.k12.in.us/discovery-fest-2016

  • 09 Jan 2016 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    The official Indiana Bicentennial web site is at www.indiana2016.org. It is chaired by Becky Skillman and Lee Hamilton. Karen Pence and a dozen more notables are on the board. Sponsors include the Lilly Endowment and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Along with education, land conservation will be a hallmark of the Bicentennial, just as it was with the first Centennial which saw the State Park system created.

    Indiana should be replete throughout the year with bison sculptures (bisontennial?) in downtown areas across the state.

    The Indiana Bicentennial Train will feature a docent, Kevin Stonerock, and will have activities presented by the Indiana Historical Society. The train will stop in major and minor cities through the year for visitors to inspect. It will tour with hands-on bicentennial exhibits. Good classroom activity. And it's free. The Bicentennial Train will run From September, past 2016.

    Need a license plate for you car? The BMV has Bicentennial plates available at no extra cost.

    Hey, we also got an official US postage stamp. The picture is by Michael Matti of the cornfields near Milford.

    The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail will be active from May 30 through Oct 1. 9a-5p each day. Downtown carpets of blooms in Elkhart and Nappanee. Events at other area towns including Bristol, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Shipshewana and Wakarusa.

    A "Barn Trail" of quilt patterns will appear in many areas. These are painted boards on, of course, barns and can look very handsome. Decatur County has been working on theirs since early in 2015.

    Starting in September, a torch run, Olympic style, will cover the state and go through every county. It will start in Corydon and end in October in Indianapolis. Purdue's College of Engineering is designing the torch(es). It is supposed to emulate the look of the torch on the Indiana state flag. The director of the effort for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development is Noelle Szydlyk. In all, the route is expected to run over 2,000 miles.

    The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis will have an exhibition showcasing 200 objects of Indiana's past. A State Archives building is planned. A new hotel to replace the 1939 structure at Potato Creek State Park willl be named the "Bicentennial Inn". The Bicentennial Nature Trust has put up $274,000 to buy 60 acres of old-growth woods near Shelbyville. Some trees there are thought to be over 200 years old. In February, 2015 the government said this will be a $24 million project.

    Switzerland County artist Donna Weaver has been chosen to create Indiana's official Bicentennial Medal. Here's the design. She has also been the person behind 12 of the commemorate state quarters. Cool. Click to biggify.

    Rick Wilson of Edinburgh has been chosen by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to paint scenes from each of Indiana's State Parks and the results will be shown at the Richmond Art Museum and the Cope Center in Certervillle in 2016.

    The state expects to have the west side of the capitol building, two blocks of Senate Ave, converted to a public plaza. The Department of  Administration says they have "been working very very hard to find something we can all be proud of and remember for 2016". Read that how you will.

    The sculpture design for the area west of the statehouse has been unveiled. It was created by Osman Akan of New York.

    They've also hired an architect for a education center on the ground floor of the State Library.

    To commemorate Switzerland County's 200th anniversary in 2014, the Historical Society has selected 200 items from county history, including Vevay. Spinning wheels, quilts, and legal documents are on tap. See the Historical Society's web site for details and images of what they have chosen.

    A Bicentennial Legacy Trail through Franklin, Union and Wayne Counties is being laid out by the Bicentennial Commission and the Cope Environmental Center of Centerville.

    Ball State University is using students to compile a history of the Indiana State Forests. This is a class and thesis project for the students and should be available in late 2015.

    The Indiana Album is being built by a non-profit. They are asking for people to share their old Indiana photos, etc. for high definition scans.

    In Carroll County, a student art contest for 2016 will be sponsored by Indiana Electric Cooperatives.

    County parks will also be built or expanded including a $300,000 grant to Porter County.

    Putnam County 's Civil War Soldiers Monument in Greencastle's Forest Hill Cemetery will be restored and will start a nature trail. The money for these projects and more is being provided by the Community Grants Endowment and the Lilly Endowment.

    The milk trade group, Professional Dairy Producers have Indiana Bicentennial funding for a Northern Indiana Dairy Trail and Grants for other ideas.

    A movement is afoot to have the Lincoln Highway through Indiana designated a National Scenic Byway.

    The Feast of the Hunters' Moon. is a Legacy Project this year. Oct 3-4th. Also in the Lafayette area the Lilly Nature Center will receive bicentennial funds as will the Wah-ba-shik-a park in Battle Ground.

    In July, 2025 Karen Pence announced Arts in the Parks and Indiana Masterpiece projects that will fun approved artworks to state parks and forests in cooperation with the DNR.

    The Bicentennial Commission has endorsed a project by the Mooresville Public Library to hold five lectures about the history of that city. It doesn't sound like any money is involved - or needed.

    Also endorsed as a Legacy Project is an upgrade to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center and Museum in Canal Park in Delphi.

    Susanne Schwibs of the IU PBS station WTIU is in the process of making a documentary about the history of the Wabash River.

    The Daviess County Chamber of Commerce puts on a September festival, the Turkey Trot, every year at Corydon and the 2016 edition will be one of the Bicentennial's Legacy projects.

    The Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis has a bicentennial exhibition open through January 21, 2017.

    The James Whitcomb Riley home in Greenfield may get a statue of Riley out front. They hope to raise $40,000+ to pay for the statue to be made by Bill Wolfe of Terre Haute.

    The Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute will have works from Robert Indiana through Feb, 20, 2016.

  • 07 Jan 2016 4:07 PM | Robert Brady (Administrator)

    Take Action Now!

    Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either Deforestation, Public Health, or Water Scarcity. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 25, 2016. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest.

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