Teaching American History

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Grantee: Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC), Chipley, FL
Project Name: Teaching American History
Project Director: Ann Owens (850) 638-6131
Funding: $767,715
Number of Teachers Served: 60
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: 1,608

PAAEC provides professional development and online courses; its Professional Development Center provides workshops, seminars, conferences, and courses to faculty. In this project, teachers of 8th and 11th grade history receive four, face-to-face workshops each year during the school year with web-based follow-up; training to enhance computer skills; a summer institute; and field trips. Content includes the distance learning A Biography of America series, Annenberg/CPB's Democracy in America series and the broadcast series, The Constitution, and Ethics in America, and Making Civics Real. Partners are the Gulf Coast Community College, the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, the Annenberg/CPB Channel, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Organization of American Historians.

Grantee: Volusia County School District, Daytona Beach, FL
Project Name: Volusia County Schools Teaching American History Project: Creating Responsible Citizens
Project Director: Jason Caros (386) 255-6475
Funding: $791,756
Number of Teachers Served: 73
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Participants take part in three immersion programs: summer institutes consisting of week-long seminars that focus on American history from the Colonial through the Constitutional Era with specific emphasis on civic heritage of the United States and the rights and responsibilities of its citizens, immigration, and slavery; travel to historic landmarks in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg; and travel and research of local historic sites. Partners include Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach Community College, Stetson University, the College Board, Teachers' Curriculum Institute (History Alive!), Volusia County Public Library system, and local historical organizations, such as Halifax Historical Society, Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, Sons of the American Revolution, and West Volusia Historical Society.

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