Teaching American History

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Montana 2004 Grant Abstract
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Grantee: Bozeman School District #7, Bozeman, MT
Project Name: Telling Lives, Teaching Lives
Project Director: Robert W. Rydell (406) 994-4395
Funding: $1,000,000
Number of Teachers Served: 108
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Using biography, founding documents, and museum artifacts, this professional development project for Bozeman K-12 and Gallatin County K-8 teachers focuses on three turning points in American history: the era of the American Revolution and Constitution; the era of the Civil War; and the era of the Great Depression and Second World War. Partners in improving teachers' and students' understanding and attitudes toward American History include Montana State University/Bozeman Department of History and Philosophy, Program in Native American Studies, and Museum of the Rockies; the National Council for History Education, and Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Partners will share responsibility for providing colloquia, summer institutes, presentations at state gatherings, and follow-up sessions to ensure integration of project findings. The project will be disseminated through concurrent U.S. History sessions at Montana Education Association meetings to more than 2,000 teachers statewide—a basis for organizing a network of teachers and administrators committed to improve history teaching.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005