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Wyoming 2004 Grant Abstract
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Grantee: Natrona County School District #1, Casper, WY
Project Name: American History Cowboy Coalition
Project Director: Kimberly L. Ibach (307) 233-2000
Funding: $999,779
Number of Teachers Served: 105
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 3,700

Wyoming's first TAH grant supports a collaborative effort between the LEA and University of Wyoming Departments of History, Elementary Education and Secondary Education, American Heritage Center, and Natrona County Historical Society to provide professional development in American History to teachers in grades 4, 8, 11, and 12. To create systemic change in the way U.S. History is taught and a community of teacher and student historians who are more active community citizens, the program provides 192 hours of training per year, including experiential learning activities and resource acquisition and development. Year 1 addresses Government (major legal cases, We the People Initiative, Amendments); Year 2, Time, Continuity and Change (Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, World War II, post-war foreign policy); and Year 3, People Places and Environment (Manifest Destiny, Louisiana Purchase, Immigration). Pedagogical instruction is presented within the context of history content.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005