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Grantee: Assumption Parish School Board, Napoleonville, LA
Project Name: Teaching Traditional American History in South Louisiana
Project Director: Malcolm M. Duplantis (985) 369-7251
Funding: $952,172
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 7
Number of Students Served: No information available

This professional development program, in partnership with Nicholls State University, is building a network of 30 American history teachers within 7 districts each year to improve student achievement; improve teachers' content knowledge; improve teachers' use of effective teaching strategies; and to create a system to support teacher's continued growth in knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history. Resources developed during the program will include lesson plans for 5th through 12th grade, and a website for teachers to use as a support when preparing and teaching lessons on American history. Teachers will study American history at the university level for graduate credit, learn and apply effective strategies of instruction for American history, participate in a seminar, redeliver knowledge and methods they have learned to teachers in their district, and mentor new teachers at their school. Content includes: lives, careers and writings of American presidents; Civil Rights; history of the 1960s; American Involvement in the Middle East; Puritans; U.S. Constitution; Hamiltonian vs. Jeffersonian democracy; Jacksonian democracy; Civil War and Reconstruction; Rise of Big Business; American Imperialism; New Deal; World War II; Cold War; and Vietnam.

Grantee: Tangipahoa Parish School System, Amite, LA
Project Name: Louisiana's Role in Traditional American History
Project Director: Thomas Bellavia (985) 748-2501
Funding: $999,000
Number of Teachers Served: 720
Number of School Districts Served: 14
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project, aimed at middle and high school teachers in grades 7-12, uses the Louisiana History Series produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting as a key companion to enriching new state content standards, and meeting certification provisions associated with No Child Left Behind legislation. Partners include: Southeastern Louisiana University, Region II Service Center, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Louisiana State Archives, Museum and Library, Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and consultants. Content-rich instruction is provided through graduate coursework, workshops, technology, and introduction of new curricula and innovative teaching strategies designed to increase student performance. The project serves 240 teachers annually. Summer institute topics cover: Beginning of the American Experience; Formation of a Nation 1763-1800; Establishing a National Character 1800-1840; Growth and Division 1800-1860; Great National Conflict and its Aftermath 1860-1900; A Robust Democracy 1890-1920; Robust to Bust 1918-1932; An Encroaching World 1933-1945; Postwar World War II; Testing the Limits of America's Character 1961-1974; and U.S. in a Global, Technological Age.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005