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Grantee: Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, VA
Project Name: Foundations of Freedom II
Project Director: Jane Bailey (757) 591-4546
Funding: $873,730
Number of Teachers Served: 103
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 7,333

Foundations of Freedom II builds on a current Foundations of Freedom project for elementary school teachers, providing a continuum for the 5th grade students who enter middle school. This professional development program, aimed at all 6th, 7th and 8th grade history teachers, emphasizes a different aspect of U.S. history each year to match the middle school curriculum: year 1, grade 6 teachers study Revolutionary America; year 2, grade 7 teachers study Sharing Freedom; year 3 grade 8 teachers study Founding Documents in Action. Special education teachers are included in all facets of the project, reflecting the large numbers of special education students in the district. Partners are involved in the 5-day history academies, History Alive! workshops, historic site visits, and other professional development activities. These include National Council for History Education, Virginia War Museum, Virginia Historical Society, Organization of American Historians, Teachers' Curriculum Institute, and Old Dominion University.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005