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Grantee Name:Algiers Charter Schools Association, LA
Project Name:Teaching American History
Project Director:Kevin Guitterrez
Number of Teachers Served:270
Number of School Districts Served:3 and 1 private school
Number of Students Served:28,825
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:Loyola University, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
Topics:The American Revolution; Articles of Confederation; the U.S. Constitution; the Civil War; Reconstruction; Populism and Progressivism; World Wars I and II, the Great Depression and New Deal; the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement; the New Frontier, the Vietnam War
Methods:Graduate courses, seminars, summer institutes

Located in an area ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, this project seeks to build U.S. history content knowledge, teaching skills, and student achievement in a consortium of school systems and schools whose resources and communities were fragmented and dispersed. The Recovery School District emerged after these disasters as a new system of charter schools, with the first group of charters established by the Algiers Charter School Association in December 2005. Four summer institutes for teachers will be held each year, focusing on issues, people, ideas and events in U.S. history, and taking advantage of enormous archival resources in New Orleans, including such unique documents as correspondence between Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson negotiating the Louisiana Purchase. Content follows the NAEP framework, focusing on eight major eras of U.S. history: beginnings, colonization, the Revolution, expansion and reform, Civil War and Reconstruction, the development of modern America, the World Wars, and contemporary America. Teachers will both gain content knowledge and learn how to analyze historical patterns and draw sound, insightful conclusions.

Grantee Name:Calcasieu Parish School Board, LA
Project Name:Meeting New Standards in American History
Project Director:Michael Sartisky
Number of Teachers Served:204
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:32,663
Grade Levels:3-5, 7, 8, and 11
Partners:Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, McNeese State University, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, Colonial Williamsburg, and the National Archives
Topics:Early American history; the American Revolution through Reconstruction; Louisiana from its beginnings to the 21st century; the Constitution; industrialism; the American presidency
Methods:Graduate courses, summer institutes, stipends, field study trips

Located in an environment defined by educational challenges, this project seeks to improve teacher preparation in American and Louisiana history by developing cadres of skilled and knowledgeable teachers. The partnership will provide 204 history teachers with $1000 stipends, textbooks, classroom teaching materials, textbooks, three graduate credit hours and 45 continuing learning units through professional development program composed of 12 four-week teacher institutes-nine in U.S. history and three in Louisiana history each summer. Each year, three highly performing teachers from each institute will work with curators at the Library of Congress and National Archives on state-of-the-art resources, and return to share knowledge with colleagues. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the nation's largest humanities professional development program, directs this project.

Grantee Name:Tangipahoa Parish School System, LA
Project Name:Louisiana in Traditional American History, Phase Two: Global, National, Local and Personal Dimensions
Project Director:Cynthia Ann Trappey
Number of Teachers Served:225
Number of School Districts Served:14
Number of Students Served:158,000
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana State Region II Service Center, Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana State Museum, State Library of Louisiana, Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush, and William J. Clinton Presidential Libraries and Museums, and National World War II Museum
Topics:African American Political and Military Leaders; Women Political and Military Leaders; Regional History; the Civil War; Leadership, Politics and the Economy in Colonial America, the 19th, and the 20th-21st centuries
Methods:Workshops, field trips, summer institutes, stipends, distance learning, mentoring

This project expands upon an original TAH grant focusing on Louisiana's role in traditional American history, and will examine America's role in world affairs, national events and characteristics, local and regional manifestations of national developments, and personal contributions of American leaders. A core group each year of 30 teachers will participate in the two summer institutes, at least two Saturday workshops or field trips and have the option of taking additional graduate classes and activities. The summer institute on Global Leadership will include content on leadership, diplomacy, and warfare in colonial America, in 19th century America, and in the 20th-21st centuries. A film series will feature material on Louisiana in the colonial, Revolutionary, Civil, Spanish American, Korean, Vietnam, and World Wars.

Last Modified: 10/23/2007