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Name of the Project:
Teaching American History
Grantee Contact:
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Baldwin Park, CA
Project Director: Lynne Kennedy
(626) 962-3311
Funding:
$783,786

The LEA works in partnership with Azusa Pacific University, the Historical Society of Southern California and the National Council for History Education to serve 138 local school teachers in grades 5,8,11, and 12. Features of the project include a series of spring and summer colloquia on various historical topics and themes and the development of specific lesson plans and history classes based on the learning that arises from these sessions. Academic historians will lead the sessions; learning specialists and master teachers will work with teachers to help them integrate the topics and themes into creative classroom presentations that engage student interest.


Name of the Project:
Teaching American History
Grantee Contact:
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Downey, CA
Project Director: Thomas Gibbons
(562) 922-6331
Funding:
$999,000

This county office of education works with 5 other southern California county education offices and partners with National History Day, the Organization of American Historians, University of California-Los Angeles, Colonial Williamsburg, the National Council for History Education, and the California Professional Development Committee. Three cohorts of 32 teachers, each in teams of two representing all the counties involved, will concentrate on 17th and 18th Century U.S. history in Year 1; 19th Century History in Year 2, and 20th Century History in Year 3. They will work with 65 primary source-based teaching units. The teacher fellows will research historical subjects, help train other teachers, and develop classroom lessons.


Name of the Project:
Teaching American History
Grantee Contact:
Glendale Unified School District
Glendale, CA
Project Director: Mary McKee
(818) 241-3111
Funding:
$1,000,000

This Southern California district plans to involve more than 25 high school and middle school instructional staff in an intensive series of professional development programs. Their partner is the Glendale Community College. There will be a heavy involvement with coaches and mentor teaches in order to help the teachers apply the state standards to the classroom and to increase content knowledge and awareness.


Name of the Project:
Teaching American History
Grantee Contact:
Long Beach Unified School District
Long Beach, CA
Project Director: Linda Mehlbrech
(562) 426-6288
Funding:
$804,666

This large urban district plans to use a teacher-of-teachers model in which 45 fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade teachers are taught to be teacher trainers. They in turn will help carry out on-site and summer institute professional development with an additional 385 teachers in the same grades. The emphasis is on content training, with a secondary emphasis on instructional delivery. The partners in this project are the California State University Long Beach and the Long Beach Community College.


Name of the Project:
The Los Angeles American History Institute
Grantee Contact:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
Project Director: Ruben Zepeda
(661) 285-8065

Funding:
$1,000,000

The project will establish 14 institutes on the theme of American History and the Evolving Constitution and serves 400 teachers in grades 5, 8, and 11. Priority will be given to teachers who teach in under-performing schools. The objectives are to: improve the new teachers' knowledge base and systemic instructional practices; provide teachers with instructional strategies; expose teachers to museums and library resources; and use technology and web-based learning to build a community of learners. The partners include the University of California at Los Angeles, the California State University at Los Angeles, the Henry Huntington Library, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.


Name of the Project:
Teaching American History
Grantee Contact:
Montebello Unified School District
Montebello, CA
Project Director: Janet Torncello
(323) 887-7900
Funding:
$805,295

This southern California district is will provide professional development to 90 of the 120 history teachers in the district. They will partner with Occidental College, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Autry Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of History, and the Huntington Library. The teachers will learn how to gauge their students' work as indicators of the success of the content and teaching strategies. The teachers will get hands-on curricular presentation training that will better equip them to reach and engage their students. The teachers will work on research projects and learn methods to stimulate high-quality research efforts from their students that will be directed toward participation in National History Day.


Name of the Project:

DeTocqueville's Ghost: Examining the History of American Democracy

Grantee Contact:
Oakland Unified School District
Oakland CA
Project Director: Stanley Pesick
(510) 879-8497
Funding:
$999,238

The school district is partnering with the University of California-Berkeley's history faculty and Bancroft Library. The district will send 90 5th and 11th grade teachers to workshops, conferences and summer institutes to improve content knowledge and classroom practice. State standards will be applied to the school-based instructional program during the training sessions. There will be lesson study sessions and teams of teacher-as-researchers undertaking special projects, which will impact the level of the instructional program.

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