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An Adventure of the American Mind: Joining Educators and Students With Library of Congress Resources


The AAM program continually evolves, finding better and more efficient ways of training teachers. Curriculum commonalities and differences are documented in this section along with evaluations of the overall program. Samples of teacher lesson plans are found in the Resources section.

K-12 Teacher Courses

Phase I (1999-2003) of the AAM program was delivered primarily through a three credit-hour classroom-based teacher-training program. This section contains sample syllabi and supporting documents. Institutions of higher learning are encouraged to implement this as part of their standard curriculum.

K-12 Teacher Workshops

Workshop Support Documents
Common Supporting Materials

The second phase (Phase II) of the AAM program is delivered through a series of in-school workshops. Although each workshop module is standardized, the modules can be "snapped"' together in many different configurations to create a custom curriculum that will meet individual school, or school system needs.

Like Phase I the goal is to train in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers to use the online resources of the Library of Congress. However, far more teachers can be trained without an increase in overall program costs.

This approach is currently being developed and field-tested. It will be phased in during the 2003-2004 year.

Faculty Development Programs

This initiative (AAM Phase III) targets teacher education faculty at participating institutions, involving two faculty from each school in an intensive workshop that will orient them to the AAM project and launch them in preparing AAM curricula for use at their institutions.

Special Projects

The Computer Literacy program for At-Risk Middle School Children is run by the University of North Carolina, Asheville campus (UNCA). This program is designed to teach and inspire students using the online materials of the Library of Congress.

The Summer Institute program has brought classroom teachers and the Library of Congress face-to face from 2000 to 2003. AAM no longer conducts this program on a national level. However, it is documented here for educators wishing to conduct similar programs.

Evaluation Reports

The AAM program is continuously documented and evaluated. Latest copies of internal and external evaluations are here.

Quotes from AAM Teachers:

"This website (LOC) is a goldmine for educators and parents as well."

Anon., Teacher - SIU-Edwardsville

An Adventure of the American Mind is a Library of Congress funded program, administered through the ERC.
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