Scholarly Organization Websites

Working closely with leadership and stakeholders, RR-CHNM created and designed websites for two scholarly organizations, the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and the Society for Civil War Historians (SCWH).

RR-CHNM designed and developed these WordPress websites to reflect each organization’s overall mission and to provide a platform to disseminate all relevant information concerning organizational news, information about conferences and calls for papers, and other related scholarly activities.

Child Custody Project

Developed with funding from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Child Custody Project presents scholarly essays exploring child custody topics in history, law, and society.

Topics include child custody in popular media, changing definitions of “best interests” of the child, and child custody laws in Virginia from the colonial era to the present.

RRCHNM built the site in WordPress using responsive web design technology, providing for an enjoyable reading experience on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Content strategy focused on conveying the societal significance of child custody issues and providing visitors a way to follow themes across essays. The site information design is intended to maximize the user experience in reading long-form essays, while remaining flexible for expanded content in the future.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight: Exploring American History is an online course for K–12 teachers that emphasizes iterative learning, primary source analysis, and an active approach to studying history.

More than 400 K-12 teachers from a wide geographic area have taken this online course with a 95% completion rate.

Through a contract with the Virginia Department of Education, RRCHNM researched and developed the course content, designed the visual interface, and built the site in Drupal, using CHNM-developed custom modules to enable instructors to interact with students, and students with each other, in near real-time.

Everyday Americans, Exceptional Americans

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.