About Discovering the Story: A City and Its Culture
Archdiocese of Greater Cincinnati
Nancy Flammer, St. Gertrude School
Janet E. Gorman, St. Mary School
Kathy Reed, Immaculate Heart of Mary
Bethel-Tate Local School District
Chris Dumas, William Bick Elementary
Melissa Sloan, Ebon C. Hill Intermediate
Shauna Jo Wilson, William Bick Elementary
Cincinnati Public Schools
Robert Cload, Oyler School
Lillian Crawford-Carter, North Avondale Montessori
Esther L Williams, Quality Improvement
Forest Hills School District
Sarah Cook, Nagel Middle School
Indian Hill Exempted Village Schools
Bradley G. Bell, Indian Hills Middle School
Heather K. Bollen, Indian Hills Middle School
New Richmond Exempted Village Schools
Amy Cholkas, New Richmond Elementary
David W. Smith, New Richmond Elementary
Discovering the Story strives to:
- Strengthen students' achievement of standards-based curricular areas through an innovative instructional design that uses primary source materials and technology.
- Implement interactive educational technologies-in particular, distance learning-to provide diverse means of access to the collection resources of the Cincinnati Art Museum and Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for use in the classroom.
- Establish the use of art objects and related primary documents as an ongoing tool in the learning environment of schools.
- Promote greater understanding of Ohio's rich heritage and cultural achievements.
- Enhance students' sense of community and empathy for others by discovering the contributions made by diverse cultural groups and as a result to engender respect for differences among cultural groups.
- Increase students' ability to compare and evaluate information sources, communicate their own ideas and responses to primary sources, relate the primary sources to their own lives, and critically analyze the relationship of the primary sources to American culture.
- Provide meaningful professional development opportunities for school teachers.
- Provide lesson sets based upon five objects from the Cincinnati Art Museum's collections of Cincinnati art that will be delivered via distance learning and the Internet with schools.
Discovering the Story: A City and Its Culture celebrates Cincinnati's extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. This project is the culmination of a collaborative effort on the part of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, several school systems in the region, the Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation (CET), the Hamilton County Educational Service Center, and the University of Cincinnati College of Education's Evaluation Services Center.
The project's overarching goal has been to use the Museum and the Library's vast and rich collections as resources to create a series of curriculum-based lessons focused on the region's cultural heritage. These lessons will be delivered to Ohio schools using interactive educational technologies including video conferencing and the Internet. Closely aligned with state and national curriculum standards, this lesson content has been designed to meet Kindergarten through grade 12 educational objectives.
In collaboration with educators, five lesson sets comprised of five lessons for each grade level have been developed based on the Museum's collection of Cincinnati art works. Discovering the Story reaches a broad audience of Ohio teachers and students through the delivery of high-quality content that meets their curricular needs and, in turn, strengthens the schools' relationship with the Museum and the Library.