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Name of the Project:
Louisiana Purchase: Louisiana Pedagogy Utilizing Resources for Challenging History and Achieving Student Excellence
Grantee Contact:
East Baton Rouge Parish School Board
Baton Rouge, LA
Project Director: Phyllis Heroy
(225) 226-7610

Through this project, East Baton Rouge will contract with Louisiana State University (LSU) to provide summer institutes to train additional American history teachers in the use of document-rich, active methods for engaging students in history. Faculty from LSU, Southern University, and Tulane University will serve as summer institute faculty. The project will also provide support for teaching consultants who will build upon the work of the summer institutes. Teacher consultants will attend in-service staff development workshops and local regional and national conferences to obtain additional training on reaching out to their peers. In addition to LSU, the district is also partnering with the Historic New Orleans Collection, The Louisiana State Museum, and the Louisiana State Archives, and the Digital Library housed at LSU.

Name of the Project:
Teaching American History Program
Grantee Contact:
Calcasieu Parish School System
Lake Charles, LA
Project Director: Charlotte Gallemore
(337) 491-1669

Calcasieu Parish School System, a high-poverty urban parish located in Southwest Louisiana, is partnering with Louisiana State University's Middleton Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National D-Day Museum, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Region V Technology Center, and Active Learning Systems. Summer institutes and workshops will provide teachers with increased knowledge of American history subject matter. Teachers will also learn how students learn and how to make history ideas accessible so they can construct "teachable moments."

Name of the Project:
Teaching American History Program
Grantee Contact:
Assumption Parish Schools
Napoleonville, LA
Project Director: Malcolm Duplantis
(985) 369-7251

This project partners four high-poverty school districts-Assumption, Lafourche, St. James and Terrebonne-with Nicholls State University to undertake systematic reform in American history that will provide new and veteran teachers with history content, methodology, and lasting resources through technology, an American History Network, and products of effective teaching that will serve as a model for the nation. The delivery model for this program is based on the Louisiana Systemic Initiative Program (LaSIP), a successful, ten-year systemic content delivery model funded by the National Science Foundation.

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