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Wheeling Park High School Teacher Studies History as Buchwald Fellow

Laura Forde, a teacher at Wheeling Park High School, has been awarded a prestigious Buchwald Summer Fellowship by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio. The center is a highly regarded nonprofit provider of educational programs for U.S. history and government teachers, as well as high school and college students.

Teachers chosen as Buchwald Summer Fellows participate in a rigorous week-long graduate-level summer course with other students enrolled in Ashbrook’s Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) program. The MAHG program is the nation’s only master’s degree program developed specifically for history and government teachers.

The full cost of tuition, room, board and books is waived for teachers receiving the Buchwald Summer Fellowship.

“During their week at Ashbrook, the Buchwald Summer Fellows study the ideas that motivated the people who have shaped our nation’s history by reading what these individuals said and wrote at the time,” said MAHG program director Chris Pascarella.

“The fellows then engage in small, discussion-based seminars led by nationally distinguished faculty, and engage with other teachers about the meaning and importance of the ‘core documents’ under discussion.”

The courses run from late June through July. This summer’s course options include the American Founding, Sectionalism and Civil War, Great American Texts: Abraham Lincoln, The American Revolution, and Race and Equality in America, among others.

The Buchwald Summer Fellowships are named in honor of Jim Buchwald, founder of the Mount Vernon, Ohio-based Ariel Corp., which provided funding for the program in an effort to help the Ashbrook Center educate secondary school teachers in our country’s founding principles.

Founded in 1983, the Ashbrook Center is an independent center at Ashland University, intended to help restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government through its educational programs for teachers, students and citizens. Ashbrook’s teacher resource website, TeachingAmericanHistory.org, which includes information about Ashbrook’s educational programs for teachers, offers more than 2,000 primary source documents and interactive teaching tools that teachers can use at no cost.

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