Educators Blog

10/11/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

The political opposition between Democrats and Republicans are as apparent now than ever before as we observe the political standoff in Congress.  Has the two-party system that structures our Congress always been so defined, divisive and irreconcilable? Let’s look to the history of our political parties for answers.

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9/19/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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The new website Preserving American Freedom explores how Americans have interpreted and fought for freedom from the 1600s to the present. The project features 50 historic documents from HSP’s collection, making it an excellent way to introduce information texts into the Social Studies classroom.

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9/12/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Need  some funds to do a classroom project or take a field trip?  Jeffrey Collins of Independence National Historical Park offers these grant ideas.

Topics: Education
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9/5/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

It's time to gear up for National History Day!  NHD in Pennsylvania is holding a Student Institute, sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation at the U.S. Army Heritage And Education Center. 

Topics: Education
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8/23/13

I believe there is no greater way to impact a student’s understanding of history than the use of primary documents. 

Topics: Education
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8/7/13

With the one hundred and fifty year anniversary of the Civil War upon us, and the anniversary of World War I approaching, teachers across the nation will be educating their students about the triumphs and sacrifices of war. As any good educator knows, it is always important to teach multiple aspects of history, not just the contents of a textbook. This unit plan does just that.

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7/30/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

During the Creating Thrift Curriculum Teacher Institute in July, 2013, the winners of the Teaching Thrift Curriculum Development Contest were honored.

Topics: Economics, Education
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7/12/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

We just updated our inventory of thrift materials!  It now includes additional primary sources related to Sara Louisa Oberholtzer, the Superintendent of the School Savings Banks. 

Topics: Banking, Economics, Women
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6/13/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

The Pennsylvania Task Force on Economic Education and Financial Literacy Education just released a joint report and recommendations with the Departments of Education and Banking & Securities abut the trends and needs in school-based financial education.  While financial literacy and thrift education are not the same, they are closely related.  Sign up NOW for the Franklin's Thrift Summer Institute to discover how you can use thrift lessons as a way to accomplish.financial literacy  Be ahead of the curve!

Topics: Economics, Education
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6/1/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Yes, teachers in the early part of the 1900s sometimes acted as bank tellers gathering deposits of coins from their students!

Topics: Banking, Education, Women
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