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Grantee: North Central Educational Service District, Wenatchee, WA
Project Name: Journeys of the American West
Project Director: Gene Sharratt (509) 665-2610
Funding: $742,857
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 29
Number of Students Served: No information available

Journeys of the American West aims to help American History teachers in grades 5-8 explore ways to use primary sources accessed through fiber optic technology to connect students with key historical figures and events. The 29 rural districts served vary from 6,979 to 9 students. Fall, winter and spring workshops, summer institutes, mentoring and instructional materials will supplement the unique direct web link to the Library of Congress, National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution, Public Broadcast System, and other primary sources. Content focuses on Exploring the West chronicling the journeys of Lewis and Clark, David Thompson, and Robert Stuart; Moving West, covering the fur trade and Oregon Trail; and Settling the West, featuring the impact of railroads and the Gold Rush. On completion, participants will have online access to three "journey" curricula and increased content knowledge instructional skills. Partners include Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Chelan Country Historical Society and Museum, FiberStar, Seattle Pacific University, University of Idaho Center for Middle Level Education.

Grantee: Thorp School District #400, Thorp, WA
Project Name: America's Past Kindles Our Future
Project Director: Thomas Christian (509) 964-2107
Funding: $899,964
Number of Teachers Served: 75
Number of School Districts Served: 5
Number of Students Served: 5,985

Teachers in grades 2,5,7,8, and 11 will attend eight day-long workshops and two summer workshops totaling 225 hours of instruction in American history content, methodology and research in partnership with multiple universities, museums, libraries/archives, and historical societies. Year 1 focuses on events affecting growth of territories and states (1750-1865). Years 2 and 3 cover growth to world power (1865-1945) and interaction within our borders and throughout the world (1945-2005). Partners include seven departments of the Central Washington University; historians from University of Washington, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Yakima Valley Community College, and the Washington Historical Society; Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Yakama Nation Museum, Yakima Valley Museum, and Washington State Museum; Washington Commission for the Humanities; and Ellensburg Public Library, Yakima Valley Regional Libraries, and Washington State Archives.

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