Educators Blog

1/30/15
Author: Alicia Parks

HSP is proud to announce an addition to our student mentor hours. Mentors will now be available for students Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday 2:30-8:30 p.m.

Topics: Education
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1/20/15
Author: Alicia Parks

HSP is excited to host a Financial Literacy Teacher Workshop on February 7th, focused on teaching students of all ages fun ways to learn about ecnomics using Westward Expansion games and topics such as the Progressive Era. Lunch is provided to all teachers as well as a discussion with Keynote Speaker, Andrew Yarrow.

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1/16/15
Author: Alicia Parks

Do you believe that handwriting is a lost art? With today’s communication, it seems that handwriting is becoming less of a necessity. In our next workshop, on January 21st, HSP is proud to host Dr. Robert J. Mahar for a discussion on the history and present status of handwriting.  How necessary is it that children learn cursive and print?

Topics: Education
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1/8/15
Author: Alicia Parks

This week, History Making Productions unveiled its new poster “Deep Roots, Continuing Legacy: Philadelphia in the Struggle for Civil Rights” that seeks to inspire and encourage people to be proud of Philadelphia’s history.

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12/15/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Here at HSP, our archives are filled with histories of ethnic traditions, and the holiday season is a great opportunity to discuss culture and tradition with students.  Italian-Americans are among the many ethnic groups of Pennsylvania with their own holiday traditions and teaching students about these different traditions is an excellent way to expand their knowledge of other cultures.

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11/24/14
Author: Alicia Parks

This fall HSP has been working to create more political cartoon lesson plans on topics such as Civil War, Economics, Big Business, World War I, and Immigration. We already have two unit plans available showcasing a very small group of cartoons for elementary and middle grades, and these new lesson plans will help expand our resources to the high school level with a series of topics and options for student use.

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11/6/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Immigrants, including millions from Ireland, have flocked to the shores of the United States since before its founding. The Irish Potato Famine, that began in 1845, killed over a million people and resulted in the largest surge of Irish immigration with two million coming to the United States between 1845 and 1850. Come  learn how to use this experience as a gateway to teaching immigrant history at a HSP teacher workshop on Wednesday, November 19.

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10/23/14
Author: Alicia Parks

October is Family History Month, which means it is a great time for students to begin thinking about their own family history and nationality as well as how their neighborhood has changed and progressed. A good place to begin with family history is to ask students to talk to family members about where they are from. Often students will realize things, even from their parents, they did not know previously.

Topics: Education, Genealogy
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10/16/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Join us on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m.. for the National History Day (NHD) Philly kick-off program.

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10/10/14
Author: Alicia Parks

On October 22, HSP is partnering with Moonstone Arts Center to feature a panel discussion on the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee and its Chairman William Still. Still is known as the Father of the Underground Railroad and his book, The Underground Railroad Records, documents the lives of over six hundred slaves who escaped to freedom. The story of William Still and the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee is especially helpful for teachers looking to discuss abolition and the history of the Underground Railroad.

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