Grantee: Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, Phoenix, AZ
Project Name: Project REED (Rural Education Encountering Democracy)
Project Director: Allison A. Cioffi (602) 506-1239
Number of Teachers Served: 60
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available
The Maricopa County Small Schools Consortium is a poor, remote, and rural school district consortium in western Arizona with few teachers qualified to teach American history. To remedy this situation, the consortium will partner with its educational and professional development association, Facing History and Ourselves, as well as Pueblo Grande Museum and Arizona State University to offer Project REED. This program builds on training strategies used in a 2003 Teaching American History grant program. Teachers in grades 5, 7, and 11 will attend "Forging A Nation: Becoming American," a 5-day teacher training institute covering Membership in American Democracy; Ideas of Liberty and Justice in 19th Century America; Challenges to the Ideals of American Democracy; The Progressive Age: Responding to Crisis in American Democracy; and Legacies: Preserving American Democratic Ideals in our Lifetime. Teachers will also take online courses through Arizona State University. Individualized follow-up and mentoring are provided by partnering agency faculty and specialists.