Grantee: Regional Education Services Agency I, Beckley, WV
Project Name: The Southern West Virginia American History Teaching Project
Project Director: William O'Brien (304) 255-0793
Number of Teachers Served: 150
Number of School Districts Served: 12
Number of Students Served: No information available
This effort to reinvigorate study of traditional American history partners 12 school districts with the National Association of Scholars, National Writing Board, West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Center for Professional Development, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting in a professional development program for elementary, middle and high school teachers. Participants in summer academies develop research-driven modules later taught to students. Effectiveness is measured by numbers of students registering for AP history classes and passing AP, reading and writing tests. Content covers: colonial America 1650-1750; independence and Constitution making; the "common man" in Jacksonian America; slavery questions; industrialism, labor, ideological compromise and the welfare state; West Virginian insights on the immigrant experience 1900-1945; rights, liberties and choices; West Virginia as a case study in nation building and economic development; America and the world before and after 9/11. Concord College will use the project as a model for its in-field master's American history program.