Teaching American History

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Connecticut 2007 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Danbury Public School System, CT
Project Name:Best Practices in Teaching American History
Project Director:Clare Barnett
Number of Teachers Served:200
Number of School Districts Served:4
Number of Students Served:23,839
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:Western Connecticut State University, University of Hartford, University of Bridgeport, the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Bill of Rights Institute, Historicus, Inc., and Curriculum Research and Evaluation
Topics:Year 1, Liberty and Justice; Year 2, Common Good and the Pursuit of Happiness; Year 3, Patriotism and Diversity; the American Revolution and Constitution, antebellum slavery and freedom, industrialization and immigration, the U.S. as a world power
Methods:Graduate courses, mentoring, seminars, lectures, summer academies

Following a previous TAH project, this training program envisions a core group of 24-30 teachers who participate in a graduate cohort spanning the three-year grant cycle. Ten previously trained "Fellows" will provide mentoring and peer leadership. The curriculum is organized around paired themes of civitas, or core democratic values. Case studies such as the Amistad case and use of primary sources will highlight material on historical events and figures such as Frederick Douglass, Silas Deane, Sacco and Vanzetti, John Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lord Dunmore, Abigail Adams and Sarah Osborn, and Connecticut's Chester Bowles. Subject material on the U.S. as a world power examines the Little Rock Nine, Brown v. Board of Education, Emmett Till, Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act of 1964.

Last Modified: 10/23/2007