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Grantee: Corry Area School District, Corry, PA
Project Name: Teaching Excellence in American Constitutional History (TEACH)
Project Director: Michael P. Federici (814) 824-2560
Funding: $984,920
Number of Teachers Served: 60
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

In conjunction with Mercyhurst College, Erie Maritime Museum, National Association of Scholars, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and National Humanities Institute, Corry School District will offer teachers of traditional American history a three-year professional development program (Pennsylvania Act 48 credits), as well as educational resources, a project website, and mentoring program. Teachers in grade 8-11 will attend summer conferences at Mercyhurst College and visit three historical sites. Selected conference lectures and lesson plans will be published as a book to be used as a resource for teaching American history. Each summer a scholar will give a public lecture to bolster community interest and create public support for teaching traditional American history as a separate academic discipline. Course content will focus on the U.S. Constitution and the ways in which it has shaped and been shaped by significant important events and ideas. Viewing American history in a constitutional context will help teachers (and their students) learn how the past and present have been shaped by founding principles. The efficacy of this three-year program, which commences in 2005, will be evaluated by the American Academy for Liberal Education.

Grantee: Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA
Project Name: Teaching of American History - U.S. History
Project Director: Deborah M. Clawson (724) 463-8713
Funding: $349,253
Number of Teachers Served: 45
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

The Indiana Area School district in rural northeast Pennsylvania will conduct this professional development project in collaboration with Indiana University of Pennsylvania, National Park Service, and Soldiers and Sailors Museum. This program features summer seminars, lectures, immersion visits to historic sites, and intensive training in the use of technology to enhance history instruction in the classroom. Teachers in grades 4-5 and 8-10 will work collaboratively in grade-level teams to integrate content and strategies into existing curricula. Ongoing support for teachers will include an interactive website and optional scholarships for books and fees, should teachers opt to pursue graduate work in U.S. history. Each year, program topics will focus on various periods of American history: Year One will cover Colonialism and Early Government Systems, the Jacksonian Period and Rise of American Democracy, and the Great Depression and the New Deal. Year Two will address the American Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, and World War II & the Beginnings of the Cold War. Year Three will focus on the U.S. Constitution and President Washington, Industrialization and World War I, and Vietnam and Its Legacy.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005