Grantee: Brown County Schools, Nashville, IN
Project Name: Making Connections: Teaching American History Across Grade Levels and Across Curriculum
Project Director: Melissa R. Bingmann (317) 278-9024
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available
This partnership between Brown County schools, Indiana University-Purdue Department of History, and Indiana Historical Society brings scholarship, archival, photographic and other primary historical materials to one of the state's rural school districts in order to support and train K-12 teachers in developing new U.S. history curricula, and to cultivate professional relationships between historians and county teachers. Up to 80 teachers will participate in seminars during the school year; up to 60 will receive funding for classroom history projects; and up to 40 will participate in intensive summer field experiences. Teachers who participate in at least 50% of the seminars will receive stipends and $1000 to create an innovative curricular unit. Historians and educators serve as mentors, and teachers earn graduate credit for academic activities. Content covers Colonial America, the agricultural revolution, Revolutionary War, Constitution, Western expansion, and Civil War and Reconstruction.