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Grantee: Henry County Board of Education, McDonough, GA
Project Name: Linking American History: Past to the Present
Project Director: Dr. Lois Wolfe (770) 957-6547
Funding: $984,115
Number of Teachers Served: 72
Number of School Districts Served: 3
Number of Students Served: No Information available

Partnering with Clayton College and State University, the Georgia Archives, the National Archives-SE Region, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Georgia Humanities Council, and the Georgia Department of Education, this project addresses weaknesses in students' knowledge of American history during the era of 1945 to the present. In 8-day summer institutes, teachers of grades 4, 5, 8, and 11 study issues in: the foundations of democracy; the Cold War at home and abroad, economic transformation-the consumer society; civil rights; Vietnam; the Middle East; and politics and government. In year 2, teachers visit historic sites in Georgia.

Grantee: Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Savannah, GA
Project Name: Overcoming Historical Illiteracy: Building the Foundation
Project Director: Candy Lowe (912) 201-5226
Funding: $990,448
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Aimed at enhancing teaching and learning American history in the primary grades, this professional development program for K-3 teachers in all 30 district schools builds on a previous TAHG grant, "History Is Monumental" by creating "Venues of Freedom" combining summer travel institutes to historic sites, annual keynote addresses from a nationally recognized historian, symposia and age-appropriate lesson plans focusing on biographies, a traveling panel exhibition, mentoring, online technology for access to history content, literacy-based history forums, and local site visits. Examples of lessons include: Era of George Washington, North American Slavery in Comparative Perspective, American Civil War Issues, Strategies, Leadership, and America Between the Wars. Collaborating partners are the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Georgia Historical Society.

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