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Grantee: Carl Junction R-1 Schools, Carl Junction, MO
Project Name: Ozarks and the Nation
Project Director: Marilyn M. Rowe (417) 673-7799
Funding: $772,053
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 44
Number of Students Served: No information available

"Ozarks and the Nation" is a cooperative effort of the 44 districts making up the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence consortium, Missouri Southern State College, Joplin Museum Complex, George Washington Carver Monument, Truman Birthplace, Powers Museum, and Prairie Museum to enable American history teachers to become "a community of learners." Goals include increasing teachers' content knowledge, providing pedagogical training on inquiry-based learning and teaching with primary sources, creating a series of online local history learning modules, convening a Best Practices Conference, creating ongoing collaborations between college history faculty and teachers, and increasing student participation in National History Day Competition. Workshops will follow readings, seminars and institutes to facilitate knowledge transfer to classrooms. Focusing on the region, content will include exploration in the 1500s, trade in the 1700s, the Trail of Tears, Civil War battles, 19th and early 20th century politics and labor violence, nuclear missile silos and Superfund sites in recent decades, rights and responsibilities in history, and other topics.

Grantee: Winona R-III School District, Winona, MO
Project Name: American History Alive
Project Director: Adria K. Vestal (573) 325-8101
Funding: $19,561
Number of Teachers Served: 1
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 75

This project combines the efforts of the Winona R-III School District, Mineral Area College, and Rolla University to enrich American history instruction, improve student performance, and promote the teaching of traditional American history as a separate academic subject at Winona High School. The American history teacher will receive training in techniques such as scaffolding, matching texts to students, instructional language, demonstrations, history centers and flexible grouping to enhance student learning. History Department faculty will collaborate in developing classroom projects and implementing evaluation measures. The project focuses on reducing the current gap between student history scores and state standards.

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