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Grantee: Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, Amherst, MA
Project Name: Constitutional History Renewal Project
Project Director: Michael Hannahan (413) 545-0001
Funding: $864,388
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with the University of Massachusetts, and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District utilizes documentary and cultural history surrounding the writing, ratification, maintenance, and development of the United States Constitution to increase understanding and appreciation of traditional American history throughout the four westernmost counties of Massachusetts. For each of 3 years, 40 teachers from all grade levels attend a two-week summer session and three two-day seminars. Year 1 covers the founding and ratification debates; year 2 centers on the expansion of the franchise and battles over who qualifies as a citizen; year 3 looks at the challenges of immigration and industrialization as related to constitutional rights and liberties.

Grantee: Salem Public Schools, Salem, MA
Project Name: Salem in History: Science and Art of Learning from Evidence and Materials in History
Project Director: Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello (978) 542-7019
Funding: $877,472
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with the Salem State College Department of History, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Park Service, this project offers intensive, ongoing professional development to teachers of grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. Content is divided into six core themes: 1) The United States in the World: American Foreign Relations; 2) American Political Thought: The Constitution and American Democratic Institutions; 3) Social Changes and Social Reform; 4) Immigration and Migration: Cultural Interaction and the Peopling of America; 5) An Industrious People: American Economic History; and 6) Salem as Place: Local History in a National Context. The project format includes summer workshops (graduate-level seminars), monthly seminars, monthly follow-up sessions, one-on-one work with experts, and individual and web-based learning experiences.


 
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