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    Professional Development

    Ohio as America Professional Development Institute 

    Dates: July 31, 2017 - August 1, 2017 

    Grade: 4th Grade

    Contact Hours: 5 per day 

    Location: Ohio History Center- 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211

    Cost: 1 Day: $75    2 Days: $125    Optional Field Trips: $25 each (Statehouse/Newark Earthworks) Newark Earthworks field trip is SOLD OUT! 

    Educators can choose from a wide variety of hands-on activities and sessions that will explore topics related to basic textbook navigation, blended learning, tech basics, historical thinking skills, the A.I.R. assessments, project-based learning, digital literacy and more. 

    Highlights Include: 

    • Field Trips 
    • Primary Source Packets
    • Activity Materials
    • Ohio Maps
    • Teaching Strategies 
    • Program Resources 

    Register Today*:

    *Registration will remain open until July 1, 2017. If you have been awarded free admission to the Professional Development Institute please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 614-297-2570. 

    Check out the Revised Program Schedule for the Ohio as America PD Institute.  

    Ohio as America PD Institute FAQ Section

    What time does registration start?

    Check-in will take place from 8:30am-9:00am on both July 31st and August 1st. A continental breakfast will be provided on both days of the Institute.  

    Will I receive lunch?

    Lunch will be provided to attendees on both days of the Professional Development Institute. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. 

    Where do I stay? 

    Please review our program schedule for accommodation recommendations. 

    What can I bring to the event? 

    You will need an electronic device such as a laptop, iPad, Chromebook, etc. 

    When will I return from the field trips? 

    The Newark Earthworks field trip will take place on Monday, July 31st and leave the Ohio History Center at 12:30pm and return at 4:30pm. Transportation will be provided. The Statehouse field trip will take place on Tuesday, August 1st and leave the Ohio History Center at 1:00pm and return at 3:30pm. Transportation will be provided.

    Will I be outside? 

    A few of our sessions will take place in the Ohio Village, so please wear comfortable outdoor shoes. If you are attending the Newark Earthworks field trip, you will also be spending time outdoors. 

    What is the difference between a one-day and two-day registration? 

    In order to provide flexibility to educators who may only be able to attend a single day of the institute we created a one-day and two-day registration option. However, the sessions taking place on July 31st and August 1st are different and cover a wide variety of topics. The only sessions that will be repeated on both days will be Basic Textbook Navigation and State test prep. More details on sessions can be found in the program schedule.  

     How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Please contact Yolanda Gelo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614-297-2570 with questions. 

    How do I cancel my registration? 

    If you would like to cancel your registration please call 614-297-2570 (48) hours prior to your scheduled event. 

    Where do I park? 

    Please keep in mind that the Professional Development Institute will be going on during the Ohio State Fair. When entering the Ohio History Center you will need to give your name to the attendant (you will already be on the list of visitors for that day) and then proceed to the parking lot. You do not need to pay for parking. 

    Congratulations to our Raffle Winners! 

    1st Place: Free-day admission plus two field trips ($175 value)

    Deb Lautermilch, Van Buren Elementary

    “My 4th grade students especially enjoy the videos available on Ohio as America. They enjoy hearing the experts talk about their fields. The videos of places such as Ripley, OH have piqued our interests and make all of us wish we lived closer and could take a field trip to see these places in person. I know that some of my students have talked about taking family vacations to see various places and especially to see the Ohio History Connection Museum artifacts that are also found in our textbook. Thanks for being an invaluable resource!”

    2nd Place: Free two-day admission plus one field trip ($150 value) 

    Jill Briem, Wapakoneta Elementary School

    “My class really enjoyed playing the Trade Off game from Unit 2 Activity 5.5. The hardest part for them was figuring out ways that they could communicate with the other students without talking. One student thought she could just lip read what the other one was saying, but I reminded them that all these Prehistoric Native American cultures spoke different languages, so she wouldn't be able to lip read. Another student thought he could write down what he wanted to trade, but I reminded them that there was no written language. When they started to trade, they did a great job of communicating what they wanted to trade without speaking. Some students weren't able to make a trade (including me, which they thought was funny!), and we talked about how frustrating it would have been for the native Americans to travel long distances and not be able to trade. This was a terrific lesson, and they wanted to play again. I still wasn't able to make a trade!”

    3rd Place: Free two-day admission ($125 value) 

    Stephanie Lester, Pointview Elementary

    “Since beginning Ohio as America, my students are more engaged than ever in our Social Studies lessons. They are making connections and relating the lessons. They have been asking great questions and love the activities. Everything is teacher friendly to prepare and extremely engaging for students!”

    District Professional Development Workshops 

    If you wish to schedule a Professional Development Workshop for your district please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 614.297.2570. 

    *Franklin County Schools will be excluded from paying mileage.

    We require a minimum of five teachers per Workshop. Each Workshop may not exceed 30 teachers.



    Ohio as America PD Bites

    Using Object-Based Learning as a Teaching Tool  

    Presented by: Sohayla Pagano, Coordinator, Educational Outreach 

    Sohayla Pagano, Coordinator, Educational Outreach, discusses the power of objects and object-based learning in the classroom. Learn how examining objects as primary sources can engage students' natural curiosity and help them develop and refine historical thinking skills. To watch this PD bite Click Here


    Ohio as America-Distance Learning Opportunities 

    Presented by: Matthew Schullek, Distance Learning Coordinator

    Matthew Schullek, Distance Learning Coordinator, defines Distance Learning (DL) and discusses the benefits of participating in DL programming. He also reviews equipment requirements for running a DL program, and the variety of DL programs and resources offered by the Ohio History Connection, and other institutions in Ohio and across the country. To watch this PD bite  Click Here



    Blended Learning 

    Presented by: Betty Blockinger, Creative Learning Factory Coordinator 

    Betty Blockinger, Creative Learning Factory Coordinator, defines blended learning and gives tips and tricks on how to implement it in the classroom. She also showcases blended learning resources designed for classroom use. To watch this PD bite Click Here 



    Ohio History Day: Youth Division 

    Presented by: Betsy Hedler, Youth Coordinator , Ohio History Day

    Betsy Hedler, Youth Coordinator, Ohio History Day, discusses the basics of Youth History Day, how educators can get involved in Youth History Day, where to find resources, student project types, tips to help students begin their project, and Youth History Day as project-based learning. To watch this PD bite Click Here 







    Primary Sources: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills 

    Presented by: Carmen Derrick, Content Coordinator

    Carmen Derrick, Content Coordinator, discuss how primary and secondary sources can be used in the classroom to engage students and develop critical thinking skills.She provides information on how to navigate valuable online resources and how to appropriately utilize them in educational materials. To watch this PD bite Click Here 

    Contact Us

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    Ohio History Connection
    800 E. 17th Ave. 
    Columbus, Oh 43211
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    ph: 614.297.2570
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