Grantee: Maine School Administrative District #11
Project Name: American Lives: Teaching History Through Biography
Project Director: Charles Calhoun (207) 773-5051
Number of Teachers Served: 30
Number of School Districts Served: 10
Number of Students Served: No information available
Teachers in grades 5-12 from the Gardiner Area School District and affiliated districts in the Capital Area Education Alliance of rural central Maine will strengthen their ability to teach traditional American history by studying, researching, and writing about notable Americans. Administered by the LEA and Maine Humanities Council, the project brings together University of Maine History Department, Maine State Archives, Maine Historical Society, Margaret Chase Smith Library and Archives, Bates College's Muskie Archives, and Bowdoin College Library. Over 3 years, 30 teachers participate in scholarly conferences, colloquia, residential summer institutes, independent research projects, and field trips, with travel grants funding study in major archives partnering in the project. Work will be incorporated into lesson units that are peer reviewed, edited and disseminated via websites. Content focuses on American Lives in the 18th Century (year 1), 19th Century (year 2), and 20th Century (year 3), with a "Getting to Know a Real American Hero" event held annually.