Podcast Using Current Events to Dive into the Past
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the past. Hosted by noted US historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject—giving the listener all sides to the story and then some. BackStory is more than facts and headlines, however; it’s about how the past has shaped who Americans are today. A program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, BackStory has ranked in the Top 10 of the iTunes Society and Culture list and as high as tenth among all iTunes podcasts. Teachers and students can get the history behind the headlines for free on iTunes or BackStory’s website. The resources icon indicates that educator resources accompany the episode.
From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The Ellis Island Oral History project is dedicated to preserving the firsthand recollections of immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island immigration station during that period and the employees who worked there.
Penn State World Campus offers a world of possibilities—online. Earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and choose from five areas of emphasis: STEM Education; Elementary Education; Children’s Literature; Curriculum and Supervision; and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Learn from the same faculty who teach on campus and apply your new knowledge immediately in your classroom. The programs are asynchronous so you can study on your own time, from any location. Advance your knowledge and gain a well-respected credential from Penn State’s College of Education—ranked consistently in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Celebrating Student Voices, Facing History’s2018 student essay contest, invites students to reflect on the stories and ideals that have helped shape the ways they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities. The contest highlights themes in the upcoming PBS documentary film American Creed.