What is History smArts?
History smArts is an arts-infused, hands-on history lesson a Kentucky Historical Society educator teaches in your classroom, library or community education center.
Can my school have more than one lesson?
Yes, each visit can have up to three different themed lessons.
Can the educator travel to two different school buildings in the same day.
Yes, as long as they are within 10 minutes of each other.
How does History smArts fit into my lesson plans and curriculum?
History smArts enhances visual literacy, historical literacy and critical thinking skills.
It can help your class achieve distinguished rankings on the Arts and Humanities program review and it meets the current and incoming social studies standards. History smArts is standards-based, assessed and a fun way for your students to learn.
Who can participate in a History smArts lesson?
Is there a cap size on lessons?
Yes, 32 students.
How long do the lessons last?
A full lesson is 80 minutes – 30 minutes for the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) discussion and 50 minutes for the hands-on activity, but our staff is flexible.
How much does it cost?
$300 for the full school day within a 60-mile radius of Frankfort, Kentucky. Additional travel fees will apply outside that distance depending on location.
What does the fee cover?
The fee covers one museum educator and art supplies for classes up to 32 students.
Are there group rates or packages?
Yes. The professional development package includes four in-school visits with lesson plans and museum resources for teachers in grades 3-5 and a lesson taught by a museum educator for each grade during a single visit.
Who can schedule a History smArts lesson?
Public schools, home schools, libraries and community education centers. School systems vary, so talk to your supervisor if you are uncertain whether you can make the arrangements.
How do I schedule a History smArts lesson?
Email or call Megan Sauter, (502) 564-1792 ext. 4425.
How do I sell this program to my school board?
Show them the History smArts video and contact Megan Sauter for a statistical report proving that the program is effective in raising student skills in visual literacy and analytical writing.