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Project Name: Discover YOUR History!
Project Director: Debbie Goodwin (828) 255-5954
Funding: $907,619
Number of Teachers Served: 199
Number of School Districts Served: 3
Number of Students Served: 32,420

History teachers in grades 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 participate in a 3-year program of professional development in the form of summer institutes, academic year-long workshop series, peer coaching, and a U.S. history teacher support network. In year 1, the summer institute studies colonization and settlement (1595-1763), and the monthly workshop series studies the emergence of modern America (1890-1930); year 2, Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) and postwar United States (1945-1970s), and the Great Depression and WWII (1929-1945); year 3, expansion and reform (1801-1861) and development of the industrial U.S. (1870-1900), and in a traveling summer institute to Charleston, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina, Colonization and Settlement (1595-1763) and Revolution in the New Nation (1754-1820s). Partners are: Mars Hill College, Western Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Center for Diversity Education, Education and Research Consortium of Western North Carolina, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the Smith-McDowell House, and the Vance Birthplace.

Grantee: Davidson County Board of Education, Lexington, NC
Project Name: Foundations First
Project Director: Jeanne Haney (336) 249-8182
Funding: $822,614
Number of Teachers Served: 140
Number of School Districts Served: 3
Number of Students Served: 7,235

In partnership with the National Council for History Education (NCHE), High Point University, and Davidson County Community College, the consortium of Davidson County, Lexington City, and Thomasville City schools offers staff development to teachers of grades 5, 8, 10, and 11. Project activities fall into two strands: leadership development for site coaches, and professional development for American history teachers. A 3-day spring history colloquium is followed by a 5-day summer colloquium. The instructional theme is values, beliefs, political ideas, and institutions. In year 1, content is life in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans and Africans, and the colonial era, 1607-1763 and 1763-1815. In year 2, content is: expansion and reform (1801-1860) and the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877), and the making of modern America (1865-1920). Year 3 covers the United States and the two World Wars (1914-1945) and contemporary America (1945 to present).

Grantee: Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Roanoke Rapids, NC
Project Name: Immersing Teachers in American History
Project Director: Kathy White (252) 537-8563
Funding: $992,416
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 4
Number of Students Served: 18,000

As the hub of four school districts with just under 30,000 students in rural northeastern North Carolina, Roanoke Rapids will host a series of intensive, ongoing professional development activities immersing teachers in grades 4, 5, 8, and high school in the life, literature, and economics of three eras of American history. Three summer institutes offering graduate level instruction will be held in partnership with National Humanities Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute to enhance teacher content knowledge. Southeastern Region Vision for Education (SERVE) will provide assistance with unit planning. Teachers and principals must commit to teaching American History as a specific discipline for a minimum of four and one-half hours per week at each grade level. Participants will be mentored and will meet in "Critical Friends Groups" to discuss instructional improvement during the school year. To ensure permanence, a resource book will be published on SERVE's website. Content focuses on the social history of the Civil War Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction period and the Making of the African-American Identity, 1865-1915. Other content priorities are the Gilded Age and America since World War II.

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