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Grantee: Barstow Unified School District, Barstow, CA
Project Name: Desert Area Teaching American History Institute
Project Director: Phyllis Trosper (760) 255-6021
Funding: $352,326
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with California State University San Bernardino, the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, the Four Directions Institute, the Center for Civic Education, and the Black Voice Foundation Footsteps to Freedom Program, this institute provides 25 teachers each year with American history content and interactive teaching strategies. This year-round endeavor offers 9 days of formal training in the spring, summer, and fall with monthly follow-up sessions to build a professional network. Year 1 focuses on the 17th and 18th century topics from the theme "The Meeting of Three Worlds" for grade 5 and 8 teachers. Year 2 focuses on 18th and 19th century topics on the theme "America's Struggle to Be Both Free and Equal" for grade 5 and 8 teachers. Year 3 focuses on late 19th and 20th century topics on the theme of "Fulfilling Democracy's Promise" for grade 8 and 11 teachers. The website for the project maintains active discussion boards (to compensate for the difficulty of holding physical meetings in this remote, desert area) and provides problem-based lessons. In the winter, a one-day convocation celebrates history and builds momentum for the project.

 Grantee: Compton Unified School District, Compton, CA
Project Name: Sources of the American Past: Key Figures and Turning Points in United States History
Project Director: Memri Tagle (310) 639-4321
Funding: $967,996
Number of Teachers Served: 45
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Focus of this professional development program will be maintained on key figures and turning points with special emphasis on use of primary sources to instill the notion that history teachers and students need to think like historians. Partners include the California History Project at California State University Long Beach and Dominquez Hills and Southern California Library. Of participants in grades 5, 8 and 11 engaging in summer institutes, conferences and workshops, and receiving coaching/mentoring, 12 are designated teacher leaders responsible for sustaining assistance to history teachers. Advanced Placement teachers are targeted for special attention. A 3-day retreat will take place in summer 2005 to review progress and plan future activities. Summer institutes cover: Industrialism and Social Reform, Spanish American War/American Expansionism, Agrarian Reform, Progressivism, World War I, Great Depression, Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam War, Expansion of Supreme Court Powers, Rise of Sectionalism, Slavery, First Great Awakening, French and Indian Wars, U.S. Constitution, American Revolution.

Grantee: Del Norte County Unified School District, Crescent City, CA
Project Name: Teaching American History in Del Norte County Unified School District
Project Director: Francis Lynch (707) 464-0200
Funding: $923,322
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

This professional development plan includes a one-week summer institute and five 4-hour Saturday workshops each year that discuss using primary documents, oral histories, and museum instruction. Content includes local history (e.g., the wreck of the Brother Jonathan), contemporary Indian tribes, and the Great Depression. Partnerships include the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory, the Del Norte County Historical Society, and the Del Norte County Museum.

Grantee: East Side Union High School District, San Jose, CA
Project Name: Fostering Expertise in the Teaching of American History: A Collaboration between Local Educational Agencies in San Jose, CA and Santa
Project Director: Catherine Giammona (408) 347-5210
Funding: $662,181
Number of Teachers Served: 300
Number of School Districts Served: 4
Number of Students Served: Number of Students Served: No information available

This collaboration provides in-service teachers in grades 4, 5, 8, and 11 and pre-service teachers planning to teach American History at the middle or high school level with opportunities to enhance history instruction in under-performing schools, to nurture mentoring and collaboration among historians and educators, to make effective use of technology resources, and to develop instructional units through two week-long summer institutes. It also provides release time for class observations, and collaborative professional development experiences. Content covers origin and development of the Constitution, territorial expansion, development of the national economy, and the people who created the American Republic. Within the context of state and national standards, summer institute programs address historiography and context, and discovery, analysis and interpretation of primary historical documents.

Grantee: El Monte Union High School District, El Monte, CA
Project Name: Structures for Knowledge: Understanding and Teaching U.S. History
Project Director: Nick Salerno (626) 444-9005
Funding: $777,240
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with the National Center for History in the Schools and UCLA's School Management Program, this project offers professional development to 30 11th grade U.S. history teachers and 60 5th and 8th grade teachers through summer institutes in 20 half-day sessions over 4 weeks. The institutes culminate in a weeklong trip to explore the resources of such institutions as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National Archives, and Colonial Williamsburg. During the school year, teachers visit Southern California regional museums, such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, Henry Huntington Library and Scott Gallery of American Art, and the National Museum of Japanese American History. Content for the summer institutes is: year 1, 11th grade-America's Century (e.g., the Constitution, World War I and II, civil rights, Vietnam); year 2, 8th grade-U.S. History from the Revolution to 1900 (e.g., American Revolution and the Constitution Civil War, immigration); year 3, 5th grade-Early American History (e.g., American Revolution, the Constitution, religious toleration, the colonies).

Grantee: Elk Grove Unified School District, Elk Grove, CA
Project Name: Elk Grove American History Instructional Development Series
Project Director: Cindy Tucker (916) 686-7748
Funding: $999,753
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Working toward a vision of strengthening every district school with two master teachers in grades 5, 8, and 11 to serve as American History instructional coaches for all history teachers, two teachers from six middle and six high schools will be trained in year 1, two each from 17 elementary schools in year 2, and two each from 16 elementary schools in year 3. The focus of 7-day summer institutes, 3-day colloquia, workshops, an interactive website, and follow-up meetings is U.S. Constitutional history with an emphasis on the Bill of Rights, evolution of state vs. federal authority, key Supreme Court decisions, and federal policies. Partners include Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, National Council for History Education, Council for Civic Education, and the Social Science Consortium.

Grantee: Unified School District, Fresno, CA
Project Name: Teaching American History
Project Director: Linda Dritsas (559) 457-3186
Funding: $987,511
Number of Teachers Served: 36
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served:No information available

In partnership with California State University Fresno, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the San Joaquin Valley History Project, the Fresno City and County Historical Society, and the Legion of Valor Museum, this project uses US History Alive! to deepen the content background of teachers of grades 5, 8, and 11. A seven-member History Leadership Team plans professional development each year. Professional development will be ongoing throughout the year, each session building upon previous sessions. Content includes pre-Columbian settlement, US history and geography through growth and conflict, and continuity and change in the 20th century. Content knowledge is combined with research-based pedagogy, supplemented by time for practice and coaching. Other activities include a series of monthly late afternoon seminars, a nonfiction book club, picture books in the content area, best practices in teaching American history, and a series of Saturdays devoted to computer-based technology.

Grantee: Garden Grove Unified School District, Garden Grove, CA
Project Name: The United States: An Experiment in Democracy, Diversity, and Market Economy
Project Director: Francine V. Curtis (562) 985-9252
Funding: $959,014
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Teachers of 5th, 8th, and 11th grades are participants. The 2-week summer institute for year 1 deals with topics that include: for the 8th grade, political parties, the Marshall Court, economic differences between North and South, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction; for the 11th grade, agrarian protest, industrialism and worker protest, the Federal Reserve System, and prosperity and depression. In year 2 the institutes deal with topics that include: for the 8th grade, women on the frontier and in the factory, mid-19th century immigrants, and the slave family; 11th grade, post-World War I nativism, the Great Black Migration, Harlem Renaissance, and the Great Depression. Year 3 deals with topics such as: for the 5th grade (added in the third year), European exploration, English settlement, slavery, and the American Revolution; for the 8th grade, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the Spanish-American-Cuban-Filipino War; for the 11th grade, World War I and II, the Cold War and containment, and Vietnam. Partners for the project are: California History Project, California State University Long Beach, the Public Information Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Center for Civic Education.

Grantee: Lawndale Elementary School District, Lawndale, CA
Project Name: Constitutional Perspectives: A History of America
Project Director: Robin Potchka (310) 973-1300
Funding: $923,201
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 4
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project unites three neighboring urban districts, including five large middle and high schools and a new charter high school, with Constitutional Rights Foundation, Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, California State Universities in Los Angles and Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, Skirball Cultural Center, and Autry National Center of the American West to promote historical scholarship, effective teaching, and outstanding learning experiences in traditional American history. Partners also include artist teacher coaches who are specialists in American history. Through 20 or more days of intensive summer and weekend institutes, seminars, workshops, field trips, classroom demonstrations, and small group cross-district grade-alike study, 40 middle and high school teachers per year will examine U.S. history-events, people and turning points-through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. Themes follow the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessment: Change and Continuity of American Democracy, Interactions of Peoples, Culture and Ideas, Economic Opportunity and Exercise of Freedom, and Expanding Role of America in the World.

Grantee: Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach, CA
Project Name: Teach Our Heritage-Preserve Our Democracy
Project Director: Linda Mehlbrech (562) 426-6288
Funding: $936,910
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Professional development for teachers of grades 5, 8, and 11 includes: development of lessons using the disciplined-inquiry model; historical research using primary source documents; field study in Boston, Gettysburg, and New York City; implementation of Interactive History Notebooks, and classroom support. Content includes: the struggle for equality (e.g., social, political, and religious institutions in colonial America; political and economic initiatives in the Jackson administration; and movements of women, Latinos, and Native Americans in the 1960s and 1970s); differing perspectives over time about what constituted freedom and who is entitled to it (e.g., causes of the American Revolution, slavery, foreign policy during 1939-1941); democratic principles versus political reality (e.g., U.S. Constitution, McCarthy period); toward tolerance and acceptance of diversity (Native Americans and European settlers; abolitionist movement; Civil Rights Movement); and the power of individuals to make an impact on American life (e.g., Mercy Otis Warren, Daniel Webster, George W. Norris, Jane Addams, Narcissa Whitman). Partners are the California State University Department of History, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.

Grantee: Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA
Project Name: Freedom's Story: The American Experience
Project Director: Ruben Zepeda II (213) 241-6895
Funding: $1,897,693
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

The Los Angeles Unified School District in collaboration with the Henry E. Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens implements six, 3-day history seminars and six single-day workshops for a total of 24 days of professional development in American history for grade 5 teachers. Workshop and seminar content include: Native Americans before and after European colonization of North America; establishment of the original 13 colonies; slavery; English roots; Benjamin Franklin, Sam and John Adams, and George Washington; the American Revolution; the Bill of Rights; the Constitution; the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and westward expansion until 1850.

Grantee: Napa Valley Unified School District, Napa, CA
Project Name: The T.R.A.D.I.T.I.O.N. Project
Project Director: Mark Morrison (707) 253-3511
Funding: $912,000
Number of Teachers Served: 80
Number of School Districts Served: 4
Number of Students Served: No information available

The project provides a 2-week summer institute featuring content and pedagogical topics for 8th and 11th grade teachers, four school-year follow-up days, coaching, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to investigate historic sites. Year 1 content for both grades concentrates on the founding democratic principles of the nation, including the Civil War, the Declaration of Independence. Year 2 offers the first 2 weeks in Vallejo and the third in Washington, D.C. examining the development and role of democratic institutions in American history. Year 3 both grades focus on the roots and emergence of the United States as a world power. Project partners include Sonoma State University and Solano County Library.

Grantee: Northern Humboldt Union High School District, McKinleyville, CA
Project Name: Northern California Teaching American History Program
Project Director: Jack Bareilles (707) 839-6400
Funding: $740,131
Number of Teachers Served: 100
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project serves 5th and 8th grade, alternative, and special education teachers through 3-day workshops and a one-week summer seminar, training in the use of key documents, partner teaching, in-service training, biography reading roundtable, and travel. Subject matter includes American independence (1774-1776), George Washington and his era, slavery, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, America between the wars, the Great Depression, World War II, and the American West. Partnerships include the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Constitutional Rights Foundation-California History Day, Humboldt County History Day, Humboldt State University Department of History and College of Professional Studies, and local historic sites.

Grantee: Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, CA
Project Name: Local Communities, American Communities: Reading, Thinking, and Writing in American History
Project Director: Nancy McTygue (530) 752-6192
Funding: $940,000
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 50,000

This project partners the Sacramento City Unified School District in Sacramento County with the Area 3 History and Cultures Project, and the Department of History at the University of California Davis. Through American history, the project addresses low levels of literacy and overall achievement among both native English speakers and English learner student populations in grades 4, 5, 8, and 11. Thematic specialties include: political, social, religious, and cultural history; women's Mexican American, and African American history; environmental and Western history. Building on the History Project's 12-year-old summer institute model, the program begins with a two-week summer research and curriculum development institute, whose four components are lectures, guided research, modeled teaching strategies and lessons, and supported curriculum development. The project continues with: mentoring by experienced grade-level coaches and professional historians for teachers of U.S. history; an examination of local historic sites as gateways to our national history; coaching in historical methodology strategies; instruction in strategies for teaching U.S. history to English learners and students with low literacy in English; and training in reading comprehension strategies for U.S. history instructional texts and additional primary and secondary sources.

Grantee: Salinas Union High School District, Salinas, CA
Project Name: Legacies of Freedom, Salinas, CA
Project Director: Andre R. Quihuis (831) 751-7747
Funding: $813,559
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 50,000

This partnership to improve U.S. History teaching for all schools in the LEA provides three cohorts of 5th, 8th and 11th grade teachers with two-week summer institutes, a spring seminar series, mentoring, coaching, and access to instructional resources in cooperation with California State University Monterey Bay and Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. The project serves an area of high poverty in which one of five teachers is under qualified. Content addresses the Colonial Period and Early Republic, Influence of Religion and First Great Awakening, British Intellectual Traditions, Slavery, Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, Bill of Rights, Historical Debates, Immigration, Rise of a World Power, and Civil Rights Era.

Grantee: San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino, CA
Project Name: Teaching American History: Contexts, Concepts, and Chronology
Project Director: Janice Hamner (909) 386-2676
Funding: $974,518
Number of Teachers Served: 60
Number of School Districts Served: 2
Number of Students Served: No information available

In cooperation with Constitutional Rights Foundation, Huntington Library and Museum, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Lincoln Memorial Shrine and Archives, and American history scholars from five universities, this project, serving a high poverty area, will increase historical knowledge and teaching ability of 8th and 11th grade teachers in the districts' lowest performing schools. The partnership provides for 30 hours of scholarly seminars, 45 hours of research-based professional development, ongoing relationships with colleagues in other schools, experts and resources, evaluation, and documentation of activities and products. Content addresses Colonial Underpinnings; Founding Principles; Age of Jackson; President Polk and Manifest Destiny; Lincoln; Slavery and Civil War/Amendments; Theodore Roosevelt; Woodrow Wilson; FDR and the New Deal; and Post-War Presidency.

Grantee: San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, San Diego, CA
Project Name: American HITS (American History in the Schools)
Project Director: Laurie Mosier
Funding: $1,680,298
Number of Teachers Served: 60
Number of School Districts Served: 2
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with University of California San Diego, Center for Civic Education, Constitutional Rights Foundation, and Huntingdon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, school districts will provide summer institutes, monthly symposia, peer coaching, lesson study groups and online sessions on content to new and experienced teachers of American History in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8. Summer institute participants include 50 teacher and 20 teacher leaders each year from the 6-12 districts expected to participate yearly. Themes of this effort to improve U.S. instruction include: Core Documents, Core Values of Justice and Liberty, Citizenship and Civic Responsibility, The Developing Nation, and Significant People. Content relevant to California standards covers events, individuals, and issues related to the U.S. Constitution, American Revolution, development of the American republic, Declaration of Independence, slavery, and Civil War.


 
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