Grantee: Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE
Project Name: Teaching American History: The Omaha Project
Project Director: Susan Toohey (402) 557-2346
Number of Teachers Served: 190
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available
Partners include the Nebraska Department of Education, The University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University, the Library of Congress, the Nebraska State Historical Society (NCHS), Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. Professional development is provided to teachers of grades 5, 8, and 9 through a series of seminars, workshops, presentations, consultations, and the creation of a vast electronic lesson plan library. Seminars parallel Omaha school curriculum sections, as follows: America prior to Columbus, the colonial period to the framing of the Constitution, the Constitution to the Jacksonian era, the Jacksonian period to the outbreak of the Civil War, the Civil War to the Gilded Age, the Gilded Age to the outbreak of World War II, World War II through the beginning of the cold War, the 1960s, the 1970s to the present. NCHS conducts four annual workshops on: The Homestead Act, William Jennings Bryan, and accessing the NSHS online collections (two workshops). Library of Congress workshops are conducted as videoconferences (four).