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TR-259293-18Public Programs: Media Projects ProductionUniversity of VirginiaClassroom Connections7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020$460,000.00Kevin McFadden   University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA22903-4833USA2018History, GeneralMedia Projects ProductionPublic Programs4600000237545.620

Production of fifty-two radio episodes accompanied by an educational outreach campaign.

BackStory—a nationally-syndicated podcast explores the history behind today’s news headlines and the issues we continue to face as a nation. The show fosters a national, conversation on the relevance of U.S. history by engaging general listeners, educators, and students. The proposed Classroom Connections series specifically addresses students and foregrounds BackStory as a leading resource in teaching American history to high schoolers. By engaging with original audio and video content aligned to national Common Core standards, students will gain a more multi-dimensional understanding of history, as well as a more engaging learning experience. Teachers will find additional resources, lesson plans, and tips from peers in a more searchable website portal oriented to their needs. The outcomes for this project include 24 podcasts featuring new material, 24 video segments aligned to each podcast, a highly-developed educator resources web-portal, and a Teacher Workshop.