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TR-259293-18

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Kevin McFadden (Project Director: August 2017 to April 2018)
David Stenhouse (Project Director: April 2018 to January 2019)
Kevin McFadden (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Classroom Connections

Production of fifty-two radio episodes accompanied by an educational outreach campaign.

BackStory—a nationally-syndicated podcast explores the history behind today’s news headlines and the issues we continue to face as a nation. The show fosters a national, conversation on the relevance of U.S. history by engaging general listeners, educators, and students. The proposed Classroom Connections series specifically addresses students and foregrounds BackStory as a leading resource in teaching American history to high schoolers. By engaging with original audio and video content aligned to national Common Core standards, students will gain a more multi-dimensional understanding of history, as well as a more engaging learning experience. Teachers will find additional resources, lesson plans, and tips from peers in a more searchable website portal oriented to their needs. The outcomes for this project include 24 podcasts featuring new material, 24 video segments aligned to each podcast, a highly-developed educator resources web-portal, and a Teacher Workshop.

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Project fields:
History, General; U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$460,000 (approved)
$238,388 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020