The American literature class that Richard Phillipy teaches to eleventh-graders at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis has evolved to include much more than the traditional curriculum. As an interdisciplinary team-educator, Mr. Phillipy has helped develop a class in American history, literature, art and music. His "Sea to Shining Sea "project, now in its eighth year, was designed to improve student knowledge of United States geography. Today, the project has grown from its original form as an 8 x 12-foot two-dimensional map to a complex 20-foot three-dimensional multimedia presentation. This year, students have incorporated animation, video technology and music as well as a working lighthouse, a California earthquake simulation and a waterfall with real water. In addition to its success as a tool for interdisciplinary education, "The interest generated by this project," says Mr. Phillipy, "excites the entire school."
1976 Indiana State University, B.A.