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Oregon 2006 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Lincoln County School District, OR
Project Name:Partnerships to Improve American History Instruction
Project Director:Matthew Love
Number of Teachers Served:32
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:No Information Available
Grade Levels:3-12
Partners:Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, the Lincoln County and North Lincoln County Historical Societies, the Waldport Heritage Museum, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, the Oregon Humanities Council, and the Oregon Department of Education
Topics:year 1: "Expansion and Conflict"-Westward movement (elementary); territorial expansion (middle); and imperialism and neocolonialism (high), year 2: "Democracy"-representation and revolution/native concepts of government (elementary); slavery and abolition/the Civil War in Oregon (middle); and rights movements/the Progressive movement and the Oregon System (high), and year 3: "Economic Growth"-colonial crafts and inventions/native crafts and arts (elementary); industrialization and the rise of cities/community growth in Oregon (middle); and new technologies and global reach/Oregon's Pacific Rim ties (high)
Methods:summer seminars, colloquia, presentations, and discussions

In 2004-05, only 77 of the district's 445 11th graders enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. history. Of that number, only 44% took the AP test, of which only 4% received a passing grade. As a result of this project, the district expects that 80% of participants will report themselves better prepared to teach American history, and 75% will report increased use of historical materials. Seventy-five percent will increase the variety of instructional approaches, including a 65% increase in the use of technology. To accomplish this, teachers will participate in an annual Summer Seminar and three annual colloquia, in addition to attending presentations at three humanities councils sessions and interacting with curators and archivists at the partner universities.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006