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Grantee Name:Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, GA
Project Name:The Transformation of America 1945-2000
Project Director:Sharon Contreras Halton (678) 817-3105
Number of Teachers Served:77
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

Clayton County is working in partnership with the University of Georgia, Morehouse College, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the National Archives-Southeast Region, and the Atlanta History Museum to create a unique look at significant issues and episodes of traditional American history since 1945. Participants include teachers in Grades 5 (35), 8 (26), and 11 (16) who will be trained in content knowledge and learning strategies through lectures, summer seminars, field experiences, research, and access to the Digital Library at NARA and the American Memory project of the Library of Congress. Events, civil rights implications, and connections to founding documents will be studied in the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, and Clinton Administrations. Throughout the three years, teachers will link the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to issues during 1945 to 2000. At the end of three years, participants will be considered master teachers of that period, with a concentration on civil rights.

Grantee Name:Coastal Plains RESA, Lenox, GA
Project Name:Wiregrass History Consortium
Project Director:Al Jacobs (229) 546-4094
Number of Teachers Served:No information available
Number of School Districts Served:11
Number of Students Served:40,584

Wiregrass History Consortium is a collaborative effort between the Coastal Plains RESA, Valdosta State University, and National Council for History Education, and National Constitution Center to improve American History teaching in 46 South Georgia schools. The program serves teachers in fourth, fifth, eighth and eleventh grades through six graduate-level symposia, teacher workshops, membership in the National Council for History Education for the duration of the program, creation of a regional history teachers' consortium, development of curricula addressing state requirements, and visits to historic sites. Content is divided into topics addressing the three cohorts of teachers-elementary, middle, and high school. Grade 5 teachers study the Civil War, Reconstruction, and changes at the turn of the century. Eighth grade teachers address Native American cultures, the impact of European exploration, colonial Georgia, and Georgia's role in the American Revolution. High school teachers focus on European settlement during the 17th Century, British North America, and the primary causes of the American Revolution.

Grantee Name:Henry County Board of Education, McDonough, GA
Project Name:Creating a Nation: Seeds of Democracy
Project Director:Lois J. Wolfe (770) 957-6547
Number of Teachers Served:100
Number of School Districts Served:3
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

Three metropolitan Atlanta school systems are partnering with the Georgia Humanities Council, the Georgia Archives, the National Archives-Southeast Region, the Atlanta History Center, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Massie Heritage Interpretation Center of Savannah to increase historical knowledge, and improve pedagogy, collegiality, content reading, and student achievement in U.S. history. Professional development program participants include teachers in Grades 4, 8, and 11, based on the need for more effective instruction at these levels. A survey identified the 1607-1763 period as a particular area of need. As a result, the program is focusing on the following areas: Three Worlds and Their Meeting in America, Colonization and Settlement, and the Communities. Participants will attend 8-day summer institutes, evening lectures during the school year, and historic site trips, subsequently producing a learning package of lesson plans, artifacts, and primary documents.

Grantee Name:Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Savannah, GA
Project Name:Restoring America's Memory: A Renaissance of Teacher Knowledge
Project Director:Leah M. Colby (912) 201-5070
Number of Teachers Served:195
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:33,421

"Restoring America's Memory" is a professional development program that extends two previous TAH models of teaching to American history teachers in Grades 4, 5, and 8. The program includes annual keynote addresses by noted historians, and the study of biographies of historically significant Americans. Other topics include developing lesson plans with age-appropriate biographies, summer travel institutes to historic sites, traveling panel exhibitions, and content coaches for teacher support and evaluation. Online technology will be used to enhance events and content, while literacy-based immersion sessions and visits to theme-appropriate sites will round out the grant activities. Year 1 history content focuses on the Colonial-Revolutionary Generations, Year 2 on the Founding Generation and Constitutional Government, and Year 3 on the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005