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Illinois 2001 Project Abstract
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Name of the Project:
Learning our Past, Securing our Future: An Enduring Partnership in Excellence West Central Four Regional Office of Education
Grantee Contact:
Macomb, IL
Project Director: Laurie Assell
(217) 277-2092

West Central Four Regional Office of Education, in partnership with five other regional offices and Western Illinois University, proposes to implement high quality, long range, enduring professional development activities for American History pre-service and veteran high school teachers throughout fifteen counties. Project components include in-service opportunities, summer institutes, and technology workshops that together will build an on-going collaboration between teachers and experts to improve instruction in American History.

Name of the Project:
Professional Development School Network for Learning and Teaching American History
Grantee Contact:
Lincoln-Way High School District #210
New Lenox, IL
Project Director: Michael Gardner
(815) 646-4000

The Lincoln-Way High School District in New Lenox, Illinois proposes to partner with faculty members from the Department of History and History and Social Sciences Education Program at Illinois State University, and McLean County Museum of History, in addition to newly hired American history teachers across the State of Illinois. The Network brings together American history teachers from eight Illinois high schools, and at the end of each year of the three-year project, nearly 300 teachers will have attended colloquia and an institute. During each of the three years, the program offers six all-day professional development colloquia, a one-week summer institute, and seven additional free-standing institute days throughout the year, all focused on the teaching and learning of American History.

Name of the Project:
A Model Collaboration: Rethinking American History
Grantee Contact:
Community Unit School District 60
Waukegan, IL
Project Director: Linda Meczyk
(847) 336-3100

Community School District in Waukegan, Illinois, proposes a three-year professional development program for middle and high school American history teachers. The district will partner with Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, as well as The Chicago Historical Society, Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. At least eight different school districts in Lake County, Illinois, will participate in the program. In all, a total of 40 teachers are expected to participate. The project will include two summer institutes, two one-day symposia, continuous small Saturday workshops, and regular class visits. The project aims to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and teaching strategies and by developing a cohesive model of professional development for grade six through twelve teachers of American history.

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