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Grantee Name:Delsea Regional High School District, Franklinville, NJ
Project Name:The Ben Franklin Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:Nick DiGregory (856) 694-0100
Funding:$999,825
Number of Teachers Served:50
Number of School Districts Served:1 and a consortium of 20 area schools
Number of Students Served:25,000

The Ben Franklin Liberty Fellowship is a partnership led by the Delsea Regional High School District in partnership with Temple University's History Department, the American Institute for History Education, scholars from Princeton, Rutgers, and Seton Hall Universities, Gunston Hall, the Gloucester County Historical Society, the Cold War Museum, and the Civil War Institute. Program participants, drawn from teachers in Grades 4 to 12, will increase their knowledge of American history and develop innovative instructional methods to translate this information into improved student performance. Program activities include conducting historical research, writing historical narratives, creating substantive lesson plans, and generating web-based history activities for the classroom. Fellows also will be trained to mentor their peers. The program includes six seasonal colloquia, a series of field trips, and annual summer institutes. Content spans the founding of the United States, the Civil War Era, and Forces Shaping 20th Century America. Among the "forces" are immigration, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and terrorism. A compilation of events, materials, and symposia will be published via CD-ROM and the program website.

Grantee Name:Ewing Township School District, Princeton, NJ
Project Name:James Madison Seminar on the Origins and Development of the American Constitution
Project Director:Bradford P. Wilson (609) 258-6333
Funding:$938,462
Number of Teachers Served:135
Number of School Districts Served:4
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

The LEA and the districts of Trenton, Hopewell Valley, and West Windsor-Plainsboro are partnering with Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the National Association of Scholars, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a professional development program in American history for annual groups of 45 middle and high school teachers. The program includes a two-week summer residential seminar, four half-days of training during the academic year, readings, and development of lesson plans. School year sessions focus on development of pedagogical skills. Year 1 focuses on ideas and events instrumental in the American Revolution and Constitution. Year 2 deals with the constitutional issues and transformations attending the Secession Crisis and Civil War. Year 3 examines 20th and 21st Century constitutional and cultural conflicts accompanying the civil rights revolution and the Supreme Court's jurisprudence.

Grantee Name:Jersey City Public Schools, Jersey City, NJ
Project Name:The William Livingston Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:Stephen Sokolewicz (201) 915-6341
Funding:$998,882
Number of Teachers Served:No information available
Number of School Districts Served:2
Number of Students Served:40,000

This 36-month fellowship is available to Jersey City and Bayonne American history teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, allowing each district to design U.S. history curricula and lesson-units that provide students with a historical continuum. The Fellowship follows the Binary Paideia method of teaching history. The objective of this professional development effort is to create a cadre of trainers who will then train all other U.S. history teachers in the two districts. Fellows will attend 11 days of colloquia, field trips, and summer institutes in partnership with the Seton Hall University History Department. Other partners include the New Jersey Historical Society, the Civil War Institute, Gunston Hall, the International Spy Museum, and the Cold War Museum. Readings will supplement sessions with scholars, research, and lesson planning. Year 1 focuses on the formative years of the American Republic, including study of the roots of American tradition, colonial charters, the onset of the American Revolution, the Federalist period, and slavery. Year 2 contrasts the agrarian South and the developing market economy of the North in the 19th century, exploring immigration, the Civil War, and key individuals. Year 3 examines Wilsonian international liberalism, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the War on Terror.

Grantee Name:Lakewood Public School District, Lakewood, NJ
Project Name:The John Witherspoon Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:Lisa DiEugenio (732) 901-2711
Funding:$998,641
Number of Teachers Served:50
Number of School Districts Served:2
Number of Students Served:77,907

This fellowship, in partnership with Temple University, the American Institute for History Education, and Learners Online provides all Ocean County American history teachers with professional development in history knowledge and pedagogical skills through colloquia, field trips, summer institutes, and development of replicable lesson plans using primary sources. Year 1 focuses on the formative years of the American Republic; Year 2 on the contrasts between the agrarian South and developing market economies of the North in the 19th Century; and Year 3 on the development and impact of Wilsonian international liberalism. Lakewood, serving an economically depressed district, will team with Jackson Township, a neighboring affluent district in Central Jersey, in order for teachers to network with areas having more resources.

Grantee Name:Milburn Township Public Schools, Millburn, NJ
Project Name:James Madison Seminar: The Origins and Development of the American Constitution
Project Director:Bradford P. Wilson (609) 258-6333
Funding:$938,462
Number of Teachers Served:45
Number of School Districts Served:5
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

Five school districts are partnering with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, the National Association of Scholars in Princeton, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to provide middle and high school teachers with a 36-month course of study designed to increase American history knowledge and teaching skills. The program provides two-week summer residential seminars and four half-days of professional development activities during the academic year. Year 1 focuses on the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution. Year 2 deals with constitutional issues that attended the Secession Crisis and Civil War. Year 3 explores 20th and 21st Century constitutional and cultural conflicts that accompanied the Civil Rights revolution and the Supreme Court's jurisprudence in cases pitting personal autonomy against private and public morality. Throughout the project period, the program encourages participants to gather historical documents and use an interactive website resource for developing teaching materials.

Grantee Name:Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, NJ
Project Name:Alexander Hamilton Fellowship: Creating Expertise in American History
Project Director:Michael A. Mastroserio (973) 321-0715
Funding:$999,948
Number of Teachers Served:
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:20,000

The Alexander Hamilton Fellowship intends to increase the content knowledge of 500 American history teachers through a collaboration composed of Paterson Public Schools, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Civil War Institute, Gunston Hall, the International Spy Museum, the Cold War Museum, the American Institute for History Education, Learners Online, and Ashland University. History educators from Seton Hall and Montclair State Universities will also provide content and teaching strategies. A cadre of 50 Fellows made up of history teachers in Grades 5 to 12 will be trained through graduate study, fall and winter colloquia, summer institutes, historic site visits, and year-round classroom assistance to train peers during professional development days and in vertical teams. Media will support creation of historical narratives, activities, and teacher guides. Content covers the following: Roots of the American Nation, the American Revolution, the Constitution and the Federalist Years, the Old South and Changing North, the Civil War, America Becomes a World Power, the Great War and Wilsonian Liberal Internationalism, the Fascists, the Communists, and the Free, World War II, the Cold War, and the War on Terrorism. The program will investigate issues from multiple perspectives so that participants will receive a comprehensive view of a subject, event, or issue in the context of traditional American history.

Grantee Name:Pennsville School District, Pennsville, NJ
Project Name:John Fenwick Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:David Dilks (856) 540-6202
Funding:$497,945
Number of Teachers Served:50-60
Number of School Districts Served:2
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

The program aims to remedy the lack of an American history education background of many history and social science teachers in the Salem and Pennsville school districts. The Fenwick Fellowship is partnering with the Temple University History Department, the American Institute for History Education, Princeton University and Rutgers University scholars, and the New Jersey Historical Society to deepen American history teachers' comprehension of traditional American history. The partners will teach Fellows how to prepare unit lessons, research history, write historical narratives, create substantive lessons, and generate lessons augmenting the colloquia-based CD lessons they receive. Over three years, six seasonal colloquia, three field trips, and three summer institutes will be provided to Fellows, who will also be trained to train the other history teachers in their districts. Trainers will form vertical teams that will review history curricula and immerse both teachers and students in the program content. In Year 1, Fellows will study the American Revolution and the New Republic and will examine the Federalist Papers and the writings of Richard Hooker, Thomas Hobbes, and others. In Year 2, Fellows will study the events leading up to and including the Civil War, including important figures in this period such as Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and William Seward. In Year 3, Fellows will study American foreign policy from 1917 to the present, including the concept of Wilsonian international liberalism.

Grantee Name:Trenton Board of Education, Trenton, NJ
Project Name:The Woodrow Wilson Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:Diane R. Waff (609) 278-7296
Funding:$999,390
Number of Teachers Served:150
Number of School Districts Served:3
Number of Students Served:40,000

Under the leadership of Trenton Public Schools, a fellowship has been created for all history teachers in three urban districts in collaboration with Temple University's History Department, the American Institute for History Education, scholars from Princeton and Rutgers Universities, the New Jersey Historical Society, the New Jersey Park Service, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gunston Hall, the International Spy Museum, and the Cold War Museum of Fairfax, VA. Over three years, Fellows will deepen their understanding of traditional U.S. history, the use of primary sources, historical events, issues, personalities, turning points, and modern historiographies through six seasonal colloquia, a field trip series, and three summer institutes. The Fellowship will publish a compilation of its program along with the Fellows' work on three interactive CD-ROMS and on a website, for use in later turnkey professional development sessions and dissemination throughout New Jersey and nationally. In Year 1, Fellows will examine the political and philosophical roots of the American tradition, stemming back to thinkers such as Richard Hooker, Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, James Harrington, Algernon Sidney, and John Locke. During the second year, Fellows will contemplate the contrasts between the agrarian South and the developing, market economy of the Northern states during the 19th Century, and in Year 3 they will study the concept of Wilsonian international liberalism, investigating how it became the foreign policy for the United States from 1917 until the present day.

Grantee Name:West Morris Regional High School District, Chester, NJ
Project Name:Defining Freedom: Teachers and Students as Historians—Implementing the History Lab
Project Director:Anthony P. DiBattista (908) 879-6404
Funding:$499,000
Number of Teachers Served:150 teachers
Number of School Districts Served:6
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

This professional development program in traditional American history for primary and secondary school teachers introduces the scientific laboratory model to the study of American history. Partners include the school districts in collaboration with three museums (Colonial Williamsburg, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Smithsonian Institution) and three historical associations (the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Council for History Education, and the National Council for History Education). To enhance student achievement, historical documents will be incorporated into lesson plans and curricula, history labs will be developed to engage students in sophisticated inquiry, and participants will learn how to encourage student appreciation for the challenges of historical interpretation. Annual summer institutes will be held at participating museums. Teachers also attend colloquia with historians, identify tools and resources for classroom use, and develop lesson modules. Historical societies provide follow-up support during the school year. Topics include the American Revolution, the Abolitionist period, and the Cold War. A special focus will be the changing meaning of "freedom" during these eras. "Defining Freedom" will be shared nationwide via a website and partnerships with school districts in disadvantaged areas, university historians, national historical associations, and museums.


 
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