Grantee: Minidoka County School District, Rupert, ID
Project Name: Magic Valley Teaching American History Project
Project Director: Nick Hallett (208) 436-4727
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 7
Number of Students Served: No information available
In cooperation with Boise State University, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History, and the National Association of Scholars, the districts will provide content-based professional development for history teachers in more than 25 schools. Teachers participate in summer institutes and one-day seminars during the school year, focusing on primary documents, testing historical hypotheses, and immersion in the issue of liberty and equality. Participants are supported by Instructional Learning Teams who translate content knowledge and sources into instructional units and lesson plans. Topics reflect two themes: The History that Presidents Make, and Civil Rights and the Regime of Liberty. Within these, faculty cover such subjects as the Northwest Ordinance, the Constitution, religious liberty, Jefferson letter to the Danbury Baptists, Washington's Farewell Address, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, Slavery, Frederick Douglass and the Abolition Movement, Civil War, the 14th Amendment, Civil Rights, etc.