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Indiana 2003 Grant Abstract
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Grantee: University School Corporation, Muncie, IN
Project Name: Bridging the American Experiment
Project Director: David C. Williams (765) 285-8099
Funding: $686,871
Number of Teachers Served: No information available
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: 11,190

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, through a partnership with the history department of Ball State University, convenes teacher cohort groups led by a facilitator teacher, meeting regionally during the school year to interact via distance learning technology with content experts from these two institutions. Intensive summer workshops facilitate the development of unit and lesson plans. A website contains a digital library of primary and secondary resources for teachers and students, exemplary unit plans, and an interactive component for teacher sharing and communication. Indiana's history is intertwined and used to mirror the development of politics and power (the evolution and practice of political democracy), economics (the role of frontier and agrarian work, impact of technology and urbanization, and evolution of American business and labor), and culture and society (forces that have altered American culture). Content is divided into eras: territorial development and statehood; statehood to 1919; and 1919 to the present.

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Last Modified: 02/15/2008