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April 7, 2004, Extra Credit
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Helping Students Learn American History

No Child Left Behind's Teaching American History program provides grants to local education agencies to support student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history. It also helps increase students' knowledge of history by providing funds to design, implement and demonstrate effective, research-based professional development programs. The following is an excerpt from a recent Times-Picayune article highlighting how the Teaching American History program is benefiting teachers and students in New Orleans:

"Local, middle and high school teachers can enhance their knowledge of American history while earning graduate school credit at the annual Teaching American History summer program at Nicholls State University.

"Through lectures, presentations, readings and discussions, participants will examine themes in 20th century American history, including the impact of the Great Depression and the New Deal, America in World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, American involvement in the Middle East, and the presidencies of Roosevelt, Kennedy, Truman and Reagan. Teachers also will hone their instructional skills by developing a new American history curriculum and studying the use of effective research-based strategies, grade level expectations and the use of technology resources.

"The program is held each summer by the Teaching American History program at Nicholls State. Funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, the program's aim is to improve student achievement, interest and development in American History.

"Forty teachers chosen for the program will receive six hours of graduate credit in history with tuition waived, a stipend of $1,550, a Dell laptop computer, $200 for classroom supplies and membership in the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies and registration for the group's annual conference."


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