The program includes four downloadable modules for teachers to use. It provides a set of 12 learning activities in the modules that meet Common Core, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate standards. The activities can be used as a set designed to be used together, or in single modules as free-standing lessons. The goal is for students to learn the true meaning of freedom as seen through the eyes of those who didn’t have it. The project was funded by Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Lee Freeman, Humanities Iowa, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Curriculum development and teacher workshops are not the only ways that NCSML brings engagement with Czech and Slovak history to students and teachers. The Guts & Glory exhibition opening provided another example of how valuable it is to engage students in the transfer of knowledge and ideas. High school students played a critical role in developing some of the key components of the exhibition. Check this article for more information about how students learn about history, culture, and freedom through engagement.
The NCSML is busy serving thousands of people, saving stories and sharing lessons in myriad ways. Check the calendar of events for a complete list of events, programs, and exhibits that celebrate and share Czech and Slovak stories. Plan a trip to the museum, or watch some of the videos from wherever you are. As the national museum for Czech and Slovak culture and history, the NCSML continues to expand its reach and value across the world.