Dr. Billington has announced the selection of 50 educators to participate in the American Memory Fellows Program. This new outreach effort will bring teams of outstanding middle and high school humanities teachers and library/media specialists to the Library to aid them in the use of technology to support the teaching of American history and culture.
"This is an important and exciting opportunity for the Library to share more broadly its valuable historical primary source materials and to become partners with educators to bring this material to schools across the nation," said Dr. Billington. "We hope the 50 participants will then tell others what they have learned, thereby expanding the reach of the Fellows Program."
The American Memory Fellows, consisting of 25 two-person teams, will gather at the Library for a National Digital Library Educators Institute, July 28 -- Aug. 1. Fellows will learn about the Library's digitized American Memory collections, which includes primary-source photographs, documents, sound recordings and motion pictures in American history and culture, available at http://www.loc.gov/. During the Educators Institute, the Fellows will enrich their understanding of how the Library's unique electronic resources can be used by students and educators across the country. For example, they will create interactive "teaching units" based on the Library's American Memory collections.
During school year 1997-1998, Fellows will test their teaching units in the classroom and revise them for eventual dissemination to the K-12 education community through both the Library's World Wide Web site and at professional education forums nationwide. Teaching unit ideas submitted by the selected American Memory Fellows include projects on "One Day in the Life of an American," "The U.S. History Time Machine" and multimedia projects on local history, immigration and the westward movement.
The 25 American Memory Fellows teams, selected by an independent review panel from 165 teams of applicants, comprise teachers, librarians, curriculum coordinators, media specialists and other educational professionals from across the nation. Those chosen to participate are already well experienced in using technology in the classroom. They have used primary sources to motivate students and promote critical thinking as well as to help students relate history to their own lives. Each Fellow is an active leader in the field of education and has the ability to disseminate his or her expertise to local educators.
As part of their participation, American Memory Fellows will also cooperate throughout the school year in an online National Digital Library Teacher Network. Through this forum, Fellows will exchange ideas and learn from each other through organized online discussion groups.
The American Memory Fellows Program is part of the National Digital Library Program, which aims to digitize, in collaboration with other institutions, millions of American history items from the Library of Congress and other repositories by the year 2000, the Library's 200th anniversary. The Library's Web site (http://www.loc.gov/) already makes available more than 400,000 items, including portraits of the presidents and first ladies; documents relating to slavery, the civil rights movement, and women's suffrage; political speeches and oral histories; and early motion pictures.
The National Digital Library Educators Institute is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which is helping the Library reach out to the K-12 education community.
A list of the American Memory Fellows teams follows:
John L. Day, Instructional Specialist, Social Studies, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville MD 20850
Robert P. Hines, Social Studies Resource Teacher, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville MD 20852
William R. Fernekes, Supervisor of Social Studies, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington NJ 08822
Harlene Z. Rosenberg, Instructional Media Center, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington NJ 08822
Patrice E. Wagner, Teacher/Advisor, Central Park East Secondary School, New York NY 10029
Gerri M. Appel, Library Media Specialist, Central Park East Secondary School, New York NY 10029
Monica Edinger, Senior Teachers, The Dalton School, New York NY 10128
Cory Brandt, Director, Libraries and Information Services, The Dalton School, New York NY 10128
Eva L. Abbamonte, Social Studies Teacher, Hunter College High School, New York NY 10128
Della Barr Brooks, Instructor, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York NY 10027
Linda C. Joseph, Library Media Specialist, Library Media Services, Columbus Public Schools, Columbus OH 43211
Jane Hoover, Teacher, West High School, Columbus Public Schools, Columbus OH 43204
Paul S. Filio, Teacher, Hughes Center, Cincinnatti OH 45219
Carolyn F. Kindle, Librarian, Hughes Center, Cincinnatti OH 45219
Barbara L. Wysocki, Social Studies Chair, University Laboratory High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL 61801
Frances F. Jacobson, Librarian, University Laboratory High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL 61801
Christine Fricke, Media Specialist, Fox Hill Elementary School, Indianapolis IN 46228
Glenda Ritz, 5th Grade Teacher, Fox Hill Elementary School, Indianapolis IN 46228
Mickey L. Bogart, Social Studies Department Chair, Manhattan High School, Manhattan KS 66502
James C. Bogart, Library, Media Specialist, Manhattan High School, Manhattan KS 66502
Michael Federspiel, Social Studies Department Head, H.H. Dow High School, Midland MI 48640
Timothy D. Hall, Assistant Professor History, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant MI 48859
Michael Young, Social Studies Dept. Chair/Teacher, Omaha Burke High School, Omaha NE 68154
Carol Nickerson, Information Manager, Omaha Burke High School, Omaha NE 68154
David Berry, English Teacher, Orange Grove Middle School, Tucson AZ 85718
Jeff Wadman, Social Studies Teacher, Orange Grove Middle School, Tucson AZ 85718
Richard del Rio, Teacher, Muirlands Middle School, La Jolla CA 92037
Carol Kuhl Barry, Teacher, Muirlands Middle School, La Jolla CA 92037
Peter G. Milbury, Librarian, Chico High School, Chico CA 95926
Brett Narciso Silva, Teacher, Pleasant Valley High School, Orland CA 95963
Kathleen Ferenz, American History Teacher, Ben Franklin Intermediate, Colma CA 94109
Leni Dolan, Technology Coordinator, Town School For Boys, San Francisco CA 94115
Cynthia Stout, Teacher, Summit Ridge Middle School, Littleton CO 80127
Ray Taylor, Teacher, Summit Ridge Middle School, Littleton CO 80127
Rebecca Kolb, Teacher, Middle College High School, Memphis TN 38174
Martha Louise Callahan, Teacher, Middle College High School, Memphis TN 38174-0568
Gerald Thurmond, Teacher, Westbury High School, Houston TX 77035
Kenneth Estrella, Teacher, Westbury High School, Houston TX 77035
Kevin Randolph, Chair, Social Studies, North Shore County Day School, Winnetka IL 60093
Alan Fraker, Chair, History, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield MA 01342
Nancy Kerwin, Media Specialist, Chelsea Public School, Chelsea VT 05038
Joelen Mulvaney, Social Studies Teacher, Chelsea Public School, Chelsea VT 05038
Laura Wakefield, History Teacher, Neptune Middle School, Kissimmee FL 34744
Joy Penny, Gifted Education Social Studies/Science, Neptune Middle School, Kissimmee FL 34744
Jackie Brooks, Social Studies Teacher, Ligon Middle School, Raleigh NC 27601
Deborah Pendelton, Media Specialist, Ligon Middle School, Raleigh NC 27601
Agnes Dunn, Social Studies, Stafford County Schools, Stafford VA 22554
Eric Powell, Teacher, Stafford High School, Falmouth VA 22405
Douglas Perry, Teacher, Peninsula High School, Gig Harbor WA 98332
Wendy Sauer, Teacher, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island WA 98040