Grantee: Caledonia Central Supervisory Union, Danville, VT
Project Name: The Flow of History: Adventures of America in the Connecticut River Valley
Project Director: Fern Tavalin (802) 387-4277
Number of Teachers Served: 150
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 4,500
The project brings together 32 small schools, museum educators, technology integration and higher education specialists to offer American history teachers in grades 4-8 a professional development program composed of summer institutes, museum workshops, study groups with historians and teachers, and teacher exchanges. Aimed at bringing traditional U.S. history into the core curriculum, the project uses two lead schools, Peacham and Barnet as case studies, and features themes, eras and topics inspired by the Connecticut River-recently designated a National Heritage River. The district's partners include Vermont Rural Partnership whose 17 small rural schools will receive additional project support; Vermont Alliance for Social Studies, Lyndon State College, Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance, and the WEB Project. Potential institute topics include oral traditions, revolution, industrialization, slavery, Civil War, and immigration. Institute attendance and project materials are available to all interested teachers across the state.