We're back! Okay, so we never actually left. But it has been a few years since we have refreshed TeachingColumbus.org. Beginning this month, we are making a renewed effort to update this website with new teaching and learning resources. When Teaching Columbus began in 2012, our goal was to provide tools to help K-12 teachers and students connect their academic learning with community engagement. Above all, we want students to see the relevance of learning about their local community and how to contribute to the common good in their city and beyond.
Much of our work has been in the area of Columbus history. There are others with a larger and better scope of work in Columbus history than us--the Columbus Historical Society, Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklinton Historical Society, Ohio History Connection, the Ohio State University Archives, Vintage Columbus, and WOSU Public Media--all come to mind. We're just fine with that. In fact, our team has partnered with many of these organizations on various projects over the years. Nevertheless, we feel like we occupy a unique niche in connecting students to the city of Columbus, past and present. Our work is driven by Columbus educators and designed for K-12 classroom application.
We believe there are some exciting opportunities ahead to expand community-based learning in Columbus, Ohio. We have changed the homepage to this new blog format to allow for quicker and more organized updates about these opportunities. Stay tuned for details!
- Matt Doran, managing editor, TeachingColumbus.org