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West Virginia 2006 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:Regional Education Service Agency III, WV
Project Name:The Constitution in Historical Context: Teaching Exemplars of American Constitutional History
Project Director:Ronald R. Alexander
Funding:$1,000,000
Number of Teachers Served:120
Number of School Districts Served:4
Number of Students Served:43,600
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:the National Council for History Education, the University of Charleston, West Virginia State University, Marshall University, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, the Clay Center for the Performing Arts, the Center for Civic Education, and Fort Lee Scouts (re-enactors)
Topics:the Constitution and origins of American political thought; political ideas, values, and beliefs; issues in the early Republic; slavery; the American West; the Civil War and Reconstruction; the Civil Rights Movement; and continuity and change in the 20th Century Methods: colloquia, mentoring, field trips, re-enactments, living history presentations, archival research, and oral history
Methods:colloquia, mentoring, field trips, re-enactments, living history presentations, archival research, and oral history

West Virginia's overall rank in 2005, including such measures as dropout rate and poverty of its children, is the 47th lowest in the nation. This project will help teachers to provide their students with the knowledge and motivation to break the cycle of generational poverty and underachievement that plagues many of the targeted schools. The project seeks to improve students' knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles, concepts, and continuing relevance of the Constitution. Each year, 40 history teachers in grades K-12 will be selected to participate in the project. Teachers will participate in 12 days of in-depth, content-based professional development per year, two of which are professional leave absences from their classrooms.


 
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