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Iowa 2005 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Dubuque Community School District, Dubuque, IA
Project Name:Ben Franklin Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:David L. Salvaterra (563) 588-7307
Number of Teachers Served:45
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

The Ben Franklin Liberty Fellowship brings together the LEA, Loras College, the American Institute for History Education, the Living History Farms and Museum, and Learners Online to provide a professional development program in teaching traditional American history for 45 teachers in Grades 8 and 11. Colloquia, field trips, reading assignments, and summer institutes will help develop the teachers' historical literacy and increase their ability to teach more effectively. Over three years, all of the Fellows receive sustained, intensive content sessions and discussions with scholars as well as year-round in-class support. One hundred percent of the Fellows will create lessons using primary sources; and a minimum of 75 percent will conduct turnkey training for history teachers at in-service sessions or model learning for peers. During Year 1, Fellows receive extensive exposure to the formative years of the American Republic, including the American Revolution and the creation of the Constitution. The second year focuses on contrasts between the agrarian South and market economy of the North, covering slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Year 3 examines Wilsonian international liberalism, covering the Cold War and the War on Terror.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005