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May 16, 2001

50 Educators to Participate in Library of Congress American Memory Fellows Program for 2001

Fifth Annual Educators Institute to Aid Participants in Use of Electronic Primary Sources

The National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress has announced the selection of 50 educators to participate in the 2001American Memory Fellows Program. The program is an opportunity for outstanding elementary, middle and high school humanities teachers and library-media specialists to learn more about the use of digitized primary sources from the Library in the teaching of American history and culture in their schools.

"The American Memory Fellows Program is a chance for the Library to partner with educators across the nation in exploring the value and use of electronic primary sources," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "The 50 educators who will come here this summer, and the 200 who preceded them, are enthusiastic online ambassadors who spread the word to other teachers about our National Digital Library Program's importance to education."

The American Memory Fellows will gather in Washington for two sessions of a National Digital Library Educators Institute. The first session, July 15-20, is for elementary and middle school educators, grades 5-8; the second session July 22-27, is for middle and high school educators. Fellows will learn about the Library of Congress's digitized American Memory collections of photographs, documents, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings and motion pictures available at www.loc.gov. During the Educators Institute, the Fellows will share in a professional development experience that will shape the way that the Library's unique American Memory collections are used in schools across the country.

The 2001 Fellows join 200 graduates of the Educators Institutes that began in 1997. Like their predecessors, the 2001 Fellows will create teaching units based on the nearly 7.5 million American Memory materials now online. Then, in the school year 2001-2002, Fellows will test their teaching units in the classroom and will revise them for eventual dissemination to the education community through both the Library's World Wide Web site and at professional education forums nationwide. Interactive teaching unit ideas proposed by the selected American Memory Fellows include projects on local history through architecture, the role of the African American soldier in the Civil War, the songs that "built" Kansas, Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence and women's identity at the turn of the 20th century.

The Educators Institute "has been the most stimulating experience of my professional life," said Jane Garvin, of St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis, Mo.

Another Fellow said: "I think the most important thing that I discovered this week was almost a complete paradigm shift in how I access and use information. ... Now, I can't imagine not using primary resources."

Twenty-five, two-person American Memory Fellows teams, selected by an independent review panel from 150 teams of applicants, comprise teachers, librarians, curriculum coordinators, media specialists and other educational professionals from across the nation. The American Memory Fellows are frequent users of technology in the classroom, and they are experienced in using primary sources to motivate students, promote critical thinking and help students connect history to their lives. All the Fellows are active leaders in the field of education and have the ability to disseminate their expertise to educators in their region.

American Memory Fellows will also cooperate throughout the school year in an online National Digital Library Teacher Network. Through this forum, they 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, through more than 100 online collections is making freely available nearly 7.5 million American history items from the collections of the Library of Congress and other repositories. The 2001 National Digital Library Educators Institute is made possible by a grant from an anonymous donor, who is helping the Library reach out to the education community.

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PR 01-080
5-16-01
ISSN 0731-3527

 

2001 AMERICAN MEMORY FELLOWS

Alabama
Beth Glasgow
Shelby County Schools
Columbiana, AL 35051

Nancy Law
Columbiana Middle School
Columbiana, AL 35051

Arizona
Constance Egter
Cordova School
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Julie Spangler
Cordova School
Phoenix, AZ 85017

California
Peggy Walker
Newbury Park High School
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Heidi Wolf
Newbury Park High School
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Lisa Rillingale
Pinole Valley High School
Pinole, CA 94564

Lynne Therriault
Pinole Valley High School
Pinole, CA 94564

Donna Krasnow
Carmel High School
Carmel, CA 93922

Bonnie Price
Lou Henry Hoover Elementary School
Whittier, CA 90601

Zorana Ercegovac
Windward School
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Mark Simpson
Windward School
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Florida
Jane Koszoru
Coral Springs High School
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Margaret Rohrbach
Coral Springs High School
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Georgia
Martha Battle
Sprayberry High School
Marietta, GA 30066

Mary Ann Johnson
Sprayberry High School
Marietta, GA 30066

Illinois
Heather Klamrzynski
Sunset Ridge School District (29)
Northfield, IL 60093

Kenneth Smith
Sunset Ridge School District (29)
Northfield, IL 60093

Indiana
Kathryn Coolman
Mary McClelland Elementary
Indianapolis, IN 46241

MiSang Han
Mary McClelland Elementary
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Kansas
Latane Kreiser
Fort Riley Middle School
Fort Riley, KS 66442

Mary Stahl
Fort Riley Middle School
Fort Riley, KS 66442

Massachusetts
Donna Cantarella
Westwood Public Schools
Westwood, MA 02090

Mary Alice Misuta
Westwood Public Schools
Westwood, MA 02090

Maryland
Bobbie Chase
Cabin John Middle School
Potomac, MD 20854

Anna Park Muher
Cabin John Middle School
Potomac, MD 20854

North Carolina
Cayanne Ramuten
Weldon High School
Weldon, NC 27890

Dana Stone
Weldon High School
Weldon, NC 27890

New Hampshire
Linda Hamel
Manchester Memorial High School
Manchester, NH 03103

Linda Hedrick
Manchester Memorial High School
Manchester, NH 03103

New Jersey
Judith Klement
Dover Middle School
Dover, NJ 07801

Elizabeth Park
Dover Middle School
Dover, NJ 07801

New York
Phyllis DiBianco
Scarsdale High School
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Natalie Farina
Scarsdale High School
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Susan Allen
Nichols School
Buffalo, NY 14216

Mary Rockwell
Nichols School
Buffalo, NY 14216

Cathryn Franchino
Henry W. Longfellow School
36 Rochester, NY 14621

Peter Mastrogiovanni
Henry W. Longfellow School
36 Rochester, NY 14621

Ohio
David Lackey
Strongsville High School
Strongsville, OH 44149

Linda Specht
Strongsville High School
Strongsville, OH 44149

Oklahoma
Niki Childers
Clyde Boyd Junior High School
Sand Springs, OK 74063

Gayle Lawrence
Clyde Boyd Junior High School
Sand Springs, OK 74063

South Carolina
Karen Cookson
Marrington Elementary
Goose Creek, SC 29445

Merrie Fisher
Marrington Elementary
Goose Creek, SC 29445

Tennessee
Kay Gragg
East Middle School
Nashville, TN 37206

Renee Semik
East Middle School
Nashville, TN 37206

Washington
Penny Brown
Foothills Middle School
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Nancy Mowat
Foothills Middle School
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Wisconsin
Douglas Hyde
Menomonie Schools Middle School
Menommonie, WI 54751

Micheal Larson
Menomonie Schools Middle School
Menommonie, WI 54751

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