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Grantee: Alpine Independent School District, Alpine, TX
Project Name: Teaching American History Grant Program
Project Director: Sheri Miller (432) 837-7700
Funding: $878,867
Number of Teachers Served: 25
Number of School Districts Served: 8
Number of Students Served: No information available

Serving the geographically isolated and economically distressed area of Big Bend in West Texas, the LEA is partnering with seven other school districts, Sul Ross State University (SRSU), Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine Public Library, Brewster County Historical Commission, and EbigBend Community Network to increase U.S. history content knowledge and teaching skills of teachers in grades 5, 8, and 11. The professional development program enrolls 18 American History teachers in SRSU to obtain a Master's degree in History through 24 courses with a thesis or a 326-course over the three-year grant period. One teacher from each district is designated as the district's American History Mentor responsible for facilitating the program with the project director, and all participants become mentors. All 25 American History teachers in the 8 school districts participate in eight days of seminars, four days of technology training, and four days of pedagogical training per year. Content addresses: the colonial period, American Revolution, westward migration, Civil War, immigration, industrialization, World Wars I and II, American west, Mexican American history, and ranching frontier in American history.

Grantee: Education Service Center Region 12, Waco, TX
Project Name: Crossroads in American History
Project Director: Joan Berry (254) 297-1113
Funding: $924,714
Number of Teachers Served: 150
Number of School Districts Served: 7
Number of Students Served: 20,749

The project provides professional development for K-12 teachers through 3-week summer institutes. Each summer 50 teachers follow three major themes throughout American history: Crossroads and American Lives, Crossroads and Urbanization, and Crossroads and Military History. The first year addresses these themes in the context of national history; in years 2 and 3, the emphasis addresses the intersection of national history with local and global perspectives. Partners for the project are Baylor University, University of Texas Center for American History, the Texas Collection at Baylor University, the Historic Waco Foundation, the Baylor University Institute for Oral History, the Harold B. Simpson History Center, and the Czech Heritage Museum.

Grantee: Education Service Center, Region 2, Corpus Christi, TX
Project Name: An Integrated Approach to Teaching American History
Project Director: Stephen VanMatre (361) 883-3442
Funding: $965,650
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 42
Number of Students Served: No information available

The project offers professional development in American history to teachers of social studies or U.S. history in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, and 11. Participants are organized into four, grade-specific cohorts (grades 4 and 7; grade 5; grade 8; and grade 11). The cohorts are aligned with the Texas-mandated U.S. history curriculum-grade 4 is taught the history of Texas from early beginnings; grade 5, colonial times through the 20th century; grade 7, history of Texas from early times to the present; grade 8, U.S. history from exploration to reconstruction; and grade 11, U.S. history since reconstruction. The project offers four 3-day, integrated summer colloquia; each summer the Institutes on the Founding Documents conducts a 5-day training session under the auspices of the State Bar of Texas, the Hatton Sumners Foundation, and Law Focused Education, Inc. During the school year, as an extension of the summer colloquia, KAU days provide integrated in-depth follow-up professional development. The American History Content Enrichment Lecture Series of four lectures is held each year. Following the lecture series, 20 veteran U.S. history or social studies teachers' team with 20 beginning teachers of the same grade level for approximately a half day of mentoring. Share Fair is a daylong activity to demonstrate exemplary history teaching strategies; it occurs in the spring of the second and third years of the project. Project Website provides two teachers each year an opportunity to learn how to develop and maintain the website. This project involves collaboration of nine partners: Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Del Mar College, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, State Bar of Texas, and USS Lexington Museum.

Grantee: Education Service Center, Region 13, Austin, TX
Project Name: Scholars in History Incorporating Primary Sources
Project Director: Nancy K. Hester (512) 919-5425
Funding: $965,946
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 60
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project provides teachers of grades 5, 8, and 11 with a 3-year series of 10-day summer institutes, supplemented by videoconferences and workshops during the school year. Year 1 covers: the Age of Exploration, the Constitution, slavery and civil rights, the American dream, reform movements, and oil, war and security. Year 2 covers: colonial America, Lincoln and the Civil War; economics; women in modern America; human rights and justice in the 20th century, and World War II. Partners are: Region XIII Education Service Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Harry Ransom Center, and Center for American Studies.

Grantee: Consolidated Independent School District, Kyle, TX
Project Name: Teaching American History Collaboration
Project Director: Betty Harrison (512) 268-2141
Funding: $760,224
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 8,600

This project is to improve teaching American History as a separate subject by teachers in grades 5, 8, 10, and 11 includes adoption of the History Alive! Curriculum, weeklong summer institutes at Southwest Texas State University (the primary partner), immersion experiences, monthly professional development days, and ongoing coaching. Summer institutes cover American history periods: 1500 to 1763, 1763 to 1877, and 1877 to present; and themes (one for each day of the week) are: political and governmental, socioeconomic, cultural, legal and Constitutional, immersion (visit to a historic site).

Grantee: Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
Project Name: Houston Partnership for Teachers as Historians-Teaching American History (TAH2)
Project Director: Ada Cooper (713) 892-6818
Funding: $999,809
Number of Teachers Served: 80
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 100,000

As a result of this collaboration with University of Houston and Rice University, 30 high schools and 50 middle schools will acquire teacher-historians who, in turn, will mentor and coach 600 history teacher colleagues to increase mastery and appreciation of American history. Teachers in grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 participate in summer institutes, online projects, study groups, technology/media presentation development (a regular "Making History" TV show), and History Alive! Colloquia, open to all history teachers in the district. In keeping with the district's CLEAR initiative to "clarify learning" by aligning curriculum with fundamental skills required by state standards, elementary and middle school teachers focus on Early American History to 1876 and high school teachers on U.S. History Since Reconstruction. Other partners include Houston A+ Challenge, Museum of Fine Arts, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Public Library's Texas Room and Clayton Library for Genealogy Research.

Grantee: La Joya Independent School District, La Joya, TX
Project Name: Teaching Traditional American History: A South Texas Perspective
Project Director: Dagoberto Ramirez (956) 580-6120
Funding: $988,688
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Teachers of grades 5, 8, 10, and 11 receive content-based staff development opportunities through 5-day American History Academies, masters-level history courses, hands-on sessions using primary sources, technology-based training, and experiential development at museums and historic sites. Content focuses on, for example, The American Revolution, the Constitution, landmark laws and civil rights, the Bill of Rights, industrialization, and economics, including the Great Depression and the New Deal. Partners include: the University of Texas Pan-American History Department, Plymouth Plantation, American Independent Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, Museum of South Texas History.

Grantee: Region 16 Education Service Center, Amarillo, TX
Project Name: Panhandle Area Collaborative for Excellence in Teaching American History
Project Director: Danna Beck (806) 677-5184
Funding: $965,443
Number of Teachers Served: No information available
Number of School Districts Served: 63
Number of Students Served: 78,000

In collaboration with West Texas A&M University, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, The Law Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas, the Bill of Rights Institute, the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, this project provides ongoing and intensive staff development. Professional development is divided into three areas: content-specific training, technology integration of curriculum, and mentorship. Content for year 1 discusses The Founding Era (1750-1800), the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence; year 2, Reconstruction and Industrialization (1870-1920), landmark Supreme Court cases, and the Bill of Rights; year 3, Cold War America (1945-1960), Federalism from the Founders to the Rehnquist Court, and Supreme Court cases.

Grantee: Region I Education Service Center, Edinburg, TX
Project Name: Traditional American History Past and Present
Project Director: Tina Atkins (956) 984-6220
Funding: $960,582
Number of Teachers Served: 450
Number of School Districts Served: 10
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with the University of Texas-Pan American, Plimoth Plantation, ABC-Clio, and the Brownsville Historical Museum, this project provides professional development to teachers of grades 5, 8, 10, and 11 through a 5-day summer institute followed by mentoring, 3-day academies twice in the year, technical assistance for Internet access and use, and development of six mobile American history trunks. Content covers the Colonial Period, the American Revolution, the New Nation, and the Civil War.

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