How can digital tools help capture your impact on the audiences you serve? Ford’s Theatre Society asked RRCHNM to produce a short video highlighting its signature teacher professional development programs — Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows and The National Oratory Fellows.
RRCHNM reviewed teacher survey data and user-generated video, conducted video interviews of participants, and filmed on-site workshops and performances at Ford’s Theatre. Working with the Ford’s Theatre team, RRCHNM crafted the script and storyboarded the video to highlight the power of bringing theatre, leadership, history, and language arts together in the classroom.
Ford’s Theatre shows the video to show current and potential funders, as well as educators and policy makers to demonstrate the impact their programs are having on educators and the students they teach.
Everyday Americans, Exceptional Americans provided intensive professional development focused on history, historical thinking, and practical classroom activities for K–12 teachers in Loudoun County, Virginia.
RRCHNM collaborated to design the program content and structure; designed and built the site in WordPress; developed classroom activities; produced videos of historians and educators discussing and teaching with primary sources; and collated related resources from other RRCHNM sites and across the web. During the grant period, teachers participated in workshops and graduate-level institutes on topics such as the American frontier, war and society, forging a nation, and America on the world stage. Some programs integrated language arts, ELL, and special education teachers.
This Teaching American History (TAH) grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.