Heller to study Legacies of World War I

by: Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
Ron Heller, a history teacher in Shorecrest Preparatory School's Upper School in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been selected by the National History Day in Florida program to receive a scholarship to an online class, Legacies of World War I. Mr. Heller will participate in four live webinars with World War I historians and develop a classroom activity to use with his students this spring. He will also share his knowledge with other teachers in two local presentations following the conclusion of the course. 

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates could choose two teachers for this honor and the National History Day program in Florida selected Mr. Heller. As one of the selected teachers, Heller receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program. 

“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Heller will learn about specific aspects of the war he can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.”

This program is part of an educational partnership with the WWI Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This new educational partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more than 100 teaching events nationwide. 

"As the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the end of World World I, it is an honor to have been chosen to work with 100 teachers from around the globe to learn and disseminate information of the first cataclysm of the modern world," says Heller. "Students today know nothing but war (albeit not on such a grand scale) - is it possible that this is the enduring legacy of the First World War? Through exposure to primary research I hope to demonstrate this to our students."

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