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Grantee: Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland, OH
Project Name: Making History: Cleveland as American History
Project Director: Camiele Pagagianis (216) 858-0307
Funding: $996,975
Number of Teachers Served: No information available
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Focusing on three aspects of migration and immigration to Cleveland-African-American, Latino, and Eastern European-Making History brings the district together with Kenyon College, WVIZ/IDEASTREAM (a public broadcasting program), AMISTAD America, Ukrainian Museum and Archives, and the Spanish American Committee. The project combines hands-on methods of teaching local history with the efforts of the district's Transformation Program and redesign of the middle school. Teacher in grades 8 and 10 from 4 middle schools and 4 high schools will be introduced to new subjects and historical scholarship, engaged in school-based research teams and monthly meetings of Learning Communities, and, with students, expand use of technology, field work and pilot curriculum projects related to broad themes in American history and Ohio history standards and benchmarks. Participants engage in week-long summer institutes focusing on the migrant experience, 2 colloquia, and an annual convocation for all 8th and 10th grade American history teachers.

Grantee: Columbus Public Schools, Columbus, OH
Project Name: History WORKS II: Building Foundations
Project Director: Dwight C. Groce (614) 365-5727
Funding: $989,413
Number of Teachers Served: 100
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project, partnering the district with Ohio State University's Department of History. Ohio Historical Society, and other cultural institutions, targets elementary school teachers in grades 3-5, building on accomplishments and networks established by the existing History WORKS project for middle and high school American history teachers. The program features graduate-level training through summer institutes and school-year seminars, a web-based resource center, and a lecture series that brings middle and high school project participants together with elementary school colleagues. Teachers use their enhanced content knowledge and access to archival resources to create curricular materials that are shared on the website. The timing of the project coincides with introduction of new state standards for history and social studies, and a new 5th grade achievement test with a strong American history component. Two core themes are emphasized: Changing Faces and Places: Exploration, Immigration and Frontiers; and Taking a Stand: The Power of Constitutional History. Lectures address cornerstone topics such as the Cold War, Civil War, and the presidency.

Grantee: Fostoria Community Schools, Fremont, OH
Project Name: Expanding America: Democracy, War, Diplomacy, and Migration
Project Director: Thomas J. Culbertson (419) 332-2081
Funding: $999,874
Number of Teachers Served: 105
Number of School Districts Served: 21
Number of Students Served: No information available

Over a 3-year period, Expanding America will offer 3 summer institutes and 18 Saturday colloquia to teachers in grades 4-12, building on the History Links model supported by an existing TAH grant. For evaluation purposes, a sub-sample of 15 teachers in grades 8, 10, and 12 will be selected from the larger group. The professional development program aims to prepare teachers for new state content standards emphasizing incorporation of traditional American history, and equip teachers to present traditional history more effectively. It makes extensive use of original documents and provides learning specialists and historians to work informally with participants, as well as to provide content knowledge. Partners with the northwest Ohio schools include Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Bowling Green State University, and WGTE. Year 1 addresses America and the World during the Colonial Period, American Revolution and Development of American Democracy. Year 2 focuses on War, Expansion and Democracy from the Revolution to the Civil War and Expanding American Democracy. Year 3 highlights topics in Becoming a World Power-The U.S. since the Civil War and The Cold War and its Aftermath.

Grantee: Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, Mansfield, OH
Project Name: History in the Heartland
Project Director: Thomas P. Ash (419) 774-5523
Funding: $965,540
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 53
Number of Students Served: No information available

History in the Heartland brings together middle and high school teachers in 100 schools in 12 counties with four regional campuses of Ohio State University and the Ohio Historical Society to increase teacher content knowledge of and appreciation of traditional American history. The intensive, ongoing professional development program aims to generate greater student interest and achievement in American History, as well as boost scores on state achievement tests. Participants earn graduate credit through school-year seminars, summer institutes, and a web-based resource center focusing on four core themes: History of the West; The Country and the City; Of Campaigns and Conventions; and The Cold War: America's Long Race for Security and Predominance. Teachers are expected to use enhanced knowledge and the Historical Society's archives to create curricular materials to share with colleagues in print and on the website, which will also provide access to primary source documents, physical artifacts, and forums.

Grantee: Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, Mansfield, OH
Project Name: Teaching American History in Mid-Ohio Schools
Project Director: John C. Swesey (419) 774-5520
Funding: $997,593
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 19
Number of Students Served: No information available

A professional development program for upper elementary (grades 6-8) and secondary American history teachers partners the LEA with Ashbrook Center at Ashland University to provide 9 intensive one-week summer institutes, one-day Fall and Spring seminars, and expansion of a website including an audio archive of project lectures, historical documents, and model lesson plans. Year 1 covers the Constitutional Convention, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Presidential Greatness; year 2 focuses on Revolution to Constitution, Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation, and America's Response to the Great Depression; and year 3 covers the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Debate, Jacksonian America, and America's Rise to Global Power. The Service Center encompasses an area including 3 counties, 19 school districts, 3 alternative school programs, and 3 career tech/vocational schools.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005