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Canyon Ridge presents Heroes of the Progressive Era
Canyon Ridge presents Heroes of the Progressive EraThe Canyon Ridge School seventh grade team presented a special program entitled, Heroes of the Progressive Era. This interactive learning experience offered the community  the opportunity to tour a traveling exhibit, listen to samples of early recorded music, view clips of silent films, and respond to students as they presented technology-based learning stations of their own design.

Dedicated to the great inventors and social reformers of turn-of-the-century America, the program offered presentations that highlighted the accomplishments of a wide range of important historical figures including: Thomas Edison, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, George Washington Carver, Theodore Roosevelt, Nikola Tesla, W.E.B. Dubois, and the Wright Brothers. Biographical information was combined with graphics, photos, and diagrams that described the contributions of each luminary of the Progressive Era.

The student learning stations were supported with additional visual and written historical details displayed on a twelve-foot long traveling exhibit created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI).

In the days leading up to the program, seventh grade classes presented their learning stations and served as tour guides for the exhibit to younger learners in multiple grades.  Primary level students asked detailed questions and recorded pertinent information on graphic organizers and interactive notebooks. More than 400 students participated in the tours and obtained many historical facts to bring back to their classes for further discussion and learning. Greater emphasis was placed on connecting the accomplishments of the early twentieth century with the technology and conveniences of modern America.

The Progressive Era event was attended by parents, students, teachers, district leaders, and a variety of community service based organizations. Volunteer groups and  valued partners including the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695 in Sun City West, and the American Association of University Women, have been instrumental by providing the expertise and resources needed for expanding the scope of real world applications of social studies at Canyon Ridge School.

GLI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of history education in America’s schools. Their collection of primary resources is offered online for educators and a series of traveling America history exhibits are provided to public organizations across the nation. Canyon Ridge is the only school in the state to present the exhibit this year. Gilder Lehrman also sponsors various student essay contests and teacher recognition programs.

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