Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leaders: Thomas Acampora

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leaders: Thomas Acampora

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Telling stories. Building relevancy. Creating connections. That's how Thomas Acampora made history come alive for his Baltimore City students.

"It becomes not some funny, interesting story about some dead people who lived 200 years ago, but something about how the world is shaped today," said Acampora, who taught social studies in Baltimore City schools for five years before becoming an organizational facilitator for talent development at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

He also gave students the chance to touch, feel, see, and hear the past when they got involved with preserving a piece of Baltimore's history. As part of the Black Damask Project, for which he received The History Channel's Save Our History [R] Teacher of the Year award in 2006, his students worked with the Carroll Park Foundation to restore the orchard of Charles Carroll. The project was intended to uncover and remember the stories of the communities of indentured servants and slaves who supported the colonial barrister and his mansion. The students researched the varieties of heritage apples on the property in the 18th century and learned where they're currently grown. …

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