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Colorado 2002 Grant Abstract
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Grantee: San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services, Alamosa, CO
Project Name: Enriching History in Colorado (EHCO)
Project Director: Rich Loosbrock (719) 587-7332; (719)587-7771
Funding: $700,092
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 14
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project partners San Luis Valley BOCS with the Department of History, Government and Philosophy at Adams State College (ASC), Colorado Historical Society's Fort Garland Museum and San Luis Valley Historical Society in a professional development program for American history teachers in a 10-county area. Included are: week-long, on-campus summer institutes, follow-up visits and coaching by historians, colloquia, field trips led by scholars, outreach to students and parents, development of a history community in the San Luis Valley, teacher memberships in the National Council for History Education, and financial assistance for conferences and classroom materials.. Travel workshops are built around the founding of the republic, Civil War, and westward movement. Colloquia explore World War II, the Cold War and Great Depression.

Grantee: School District #1 in the City & County of Denver (Denver Public Schools), Denver, CO
Project Name: Building Bridges to America's Past
Project Director: Rosanne Fulton (303) 764-3505
Funding: $983,348
Number of Teachers Served: 205
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

In collaboration with National Council for History Education, Colorado Historical Society/Colorado Historical Museum, University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning, University of Colorado at Denver, Social Studies Education Consortium, and ABC-CLIO, a publisher of history resources, the district will provide a professional development program in American history teaching for one-third of all 5th grade (85) and all 8-12 (120) American history teachers. The research- and standards-based initiative features concentrated study-3-day colloquia and 6-day summer institutes-followed by 4-days of related activities to help teachers integrate content material and newly learned instructional skills into the classroom. Content covers: Exploration and Settlement, Rise of Industry 1865-1990, American Liberty and the Constitution, Legacy of the Revolution, Westward Expansion/The Civil War, Entering the New Century, U.S. as a World Power.

Grantee: Adams County School District #12, Northglenn, CO
Project Name: Northern Colorado Partnership for Excellence in Teaching American History
Project Director: Pam Newman (720) 872-4144
Funding: $999,518
Number of Teachers Served: 180
Number of School Districts Served: 5
Number of Students Served: No information available

The Colorado Partnership for Excellence in Teaching American History is a consortium of 5 school districts, 2 university history departments including the University of Northern Colorado's Hewitt Center for History and Social Science Education, 2 nonprofit history organizations, the Library of Congress, and Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, the project evaluator. The program calls for teachers in grades 3-5, 8, and 11 to participate in colloquia and summer institutes, follow-up activities including mentoring colleagues, and continuing inter-district projects. The Hewitt Institute will continue to host the project website and hotline after grant funding ends and provide other professional development resources. The curriculum includes 84 contact hours on: Western U.S., Three Worlds Meet, National Expansion and Reform, Emergence of Modern America, First Nations, Exploration and Colonial Settlement, Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. as a Global Power, Colorado in U.S. History, Revolution and New Nation, Industrialism, Post World War II U.S.

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