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Grantee: Creighton School District No. 14, Phoenix, AZ
Project Name: Teaching American History Grant
Project Director: Cathy Poplin (602) 522-1021
Funding: $991,395
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 8,536

The purpose of this project is to determine the most effective means to provide ongoing and intensive professional development to teachers of American history in grades 5, 7, and 8. All teachers have access to content and strategy instruction. Only one group (4 identified campuses) receives additional coaching and mentoring. Activities include strategies that make learning for English language learners more comprehensible. Content provides study of the following: for grade 5, Early American Colonization and the Development of the 13 Colonies, and Western Expansion; grades 5 and 7, American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence; grade 7, the Civil War and Reconstruction; grade 8, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and Elections and Voting. Project partners are: Arizona State University History Department, The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, Teachers Curriculum Institute, Pioneer Living History Village, Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge, and Kids Voting of Arizona.

Grantee: Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Consortium, Phoenix, AZ
Project Name: Intensive American History Training and Professional Development
Project Director: Dr. Allison Cioffi (602) 506-1239
Funding: $1,000,000
Number of Teachers Served: 60
Number of School Districts Served: 12
Number of Students Served: 2,879

This project offers professional development in American history for teachers of grades 5, 7, and 11. The graduate-level seminar involves flying a cohort of teachers to the East Coast, putting them on a bus with a prominent historian, and taking them on an intensive 10-day tour of historic sites such as: Lowell Mills, Plymouth Plantation, Boston sites, Old Sturbridge Village, FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY, West Point, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Tenement Museum, Hudson Museum, the White House, the Capitol, the Smithsonian, and the Supreme Court. Partners are the Phoenix Museum of History, the Heard Museum, the Historic Sahuaro Ranch Museum, and Anodyne Professional Development Systems. After the teachers return from the East Coast, experts from the partner institutions spend one week on local history, specifically prehistory through the 1400s, the Wild West, the early 1900s, and modern Arizona. Technology training offers intensive training in computer literacy and internet skills. Throughout the year, a mentoring program will re-enforce learning.

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