Families and future generations of Americans are losing critical aspects of our history because we are failing to preserve and share the life experiences of countless individuals and groups. Every individual, group, business or organization has a valuable story to be shared. These stories can inform, entertain or even inspire others to pursue positive life and career paths. They also acknowledge that heritage and culture are rich aspects of personal identity and are part of the foundation left for others. Preserving the legacy stories of our people and nation is too important to ignore.
Our program captures the legacy strories of our people and nation and reveals experiences that can enhance personal identity and enlighten the study of heritage and culture. Americans All enables individuals, groups, businesses and organizations to capture and share the personal histories and life stories by creating legacy stories of individuals or groups important to them. Our program preserves these stories, in perpetuity, on our Web site in a Heritage Honor Roll; they also are posted on the Americans All home pages of Legacy Partners.
For a one-time membership fee of $300, social network members (sponsors) create legacy stories for our Heritage Honor Roll. In addition, they receive acknowledgement on our Web site for preserving a legacy; printed copies of their personal history or their honoree’s story; printed posters acknowledging their support of Americans All; a membership card for discounts on goods and services offered by program partners; and electronic access to all education resources our program disseminates. Sponsors also gain satisfaction in knowing they are investing in education, because membership revenue is shared with our nation’s K–12 schools.
Legacy Partners are schools and local, regional and/or national organizations that want to support Americans All and have members whose social mission is enhanced from our program’s implementation. They can help Americans All sponsors create their legacy stories for the Heritage Honor Roll. Sponsors can select a nonprofit Legacy Partners to receive revenue from Americans All each time a Heritage Honor Roll legacy story is created.
Legacies created through Americans All are posted on our Web site in a Heritage Honor Roll. These life stories also are posted on the Americans All home pages of Legacy Partners (i.e., organizations with which the creator or subject of the legacy is affiliated).
Revenue from the Heritage Honor Roll gives all K–12 schools access to high-quality state- and grade-level-specific classroom resources and professional development opportunities for teachers in social studies. The classroom resources are presented from multiple perspectives and are housed in electronic databases to keep diverse and technology-oriented students engaged. Links to other appropriate information strengthen learning opportunities and facilitate interdisciplinary connections. Professional development programs delivered via Web-based technologies improve teachers’ ability to infuse program and other resources into their social studies instruction. Teachers can also access teacher’s guides and sample simulations, lesson plans and test questions.
Sponsorship revenue is shared with our nation’s K–12 schools—regardless of structure, location or community wealth. This means, for example, that home schools, schools on military basis, schools in isolated rural areas and schools in poor urban neighborhoods have the same access to quality instructional resources and professional development opportunities. All sponsored schools can use this funding at their discretion once certain thresholds are reached.
Our classroom resources focus on studying social studies from multiple perspectives and incorporate narratives and visuals. These features accommodate students’ different interests and learning styles. Engaged students are more likely to stay in school until graduation. Our state- and grade-level-specific resource databases support how each state teaches social studies at various grade levels. We leverage technology to keep information accessible and up to date.
We make available grade-level-specific teacher’s guides that suggest activities to help teachers teach effectively and creatively. Photographs, posters and music also help teachers bring history to life for their students. Americans All professional development programs for teachers include meetings, webinars and an electronic newspaper. Through these forums, teachers can learn about promising strategies and best practices using program and other resources to achieve excellence in social studies instruction and promote interdisciplinary learning. Other topics include ways to encourage parent and community involvement in student learning activities. Teachers can access our Web site to find additional ideas and tools, including sample simulations, lesson plans and test questions.
Besides increasing access to high-quality instructional resources for classrooms and additional professional development opportunities for teachers, Americans All shares revenue generated through the Heritage Honor Roll funding tool with our nation’s schools. Initially, membership revenue is proportionally allocated between the school and Americans All. After a school has received 20 sponsorships, it will receive 70 percent of all membership revenue; 20 percent of the revenue will be shared with Legacy Partners and the People of America Foundation, creator of the original Americans All resource program. The remaining 10 percent of funds will be used to monitor national implementation of the program.
Data obtained from sponsors creating a legacy story for the Heritage Honor Roll is confidential and is not shared. Data obtained from National Partners, Legacy Partners, Strategic Partners, and Contributors and Supporters that is not public information is not shared. Basic information (e.g., name and address) used to identify schools is part of the public domain. Information provided by school principals, directors and teachers as part of the registration process is not shared.
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