Magazine article Variety

History's Education Reach Extends into Classrooms

Magazine article Variety

History's Education Reach Extends into Classrooms

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History is reaching beyond the TV screen and into the classroom, helping educators from all spheres of acaUJdemia create more compelling experiences for their students.

Corporate outreach has been a part of A&E and History's plan for many years and has expanded as of late under the hand of A+E Networks topper Abbe Raven, says senior VP Libby O'Connell, the conglom's chief historian.

"When corporate outreach is a priority, things can get done. It can be more than just a little project or an initiative at a time," O'Connell says.

The cabler emails classrooms each week about past and current events reaching 150,000 teachers. The Idea Book for Educators, a magazine that features tools for educators from all of A&E's nets, reaches another 300,000 subscribers. And History also flaunts a slew of hands-on initiatives as well, from bringing veterans to schools for real-world lessons to helping fund Civil War education.

What's surprising about these programs is the spontaneous way in which inspiration strikes bizzers at the top. "Take a Veteran to School Day," for instance, which blossomed from a moment A+E Networks CEO emeritus and former Marine Nick Davatzes had while visiting his grandchildren's school as a classroom guest. …

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