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Arkansas 2006 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:Little Rock School District, AR
Project Name:Liberty: The Fifth Preamble Concept
Project Director:Laura Arnold
Number of Teachers Served:123
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:26,524
Grade Levels:5, 8, 11
Partners:National History Day, the University of Arkansas (Little Rock), the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the Central High School Historic National Park
Topics:year 1: Liberty versus Authority/Property, year 2: Liberty versus Order, and year 3: Liberty versus Justice
Methods:colloquia, a history academy, networking sessions, the development of master teachers, field trips, lesson plan development

Sixty-one percent of Little Rock students are economically disadvantaged, and 53% participate in Title I programs. Only 1% of the district's American history teachers hold a degree in history. This project will use the concept of liberty to provide an in-depth study of how that concept has been a refining, defining force in shaping "a more perfect Union." The initiative is focused on in-depth content knowledge and related teaching practices for all district American history teachers that will prepare all students to achieve higher standards in this area of study.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006