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Nebraska 2007 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:Lincoln Public Schools, NE
Project Name:Teaching American History: Rigor Generating Excellence in Teaching (TAHRGET)
Project Director:Karen Stanley
Funding:$956,136
Number of Teachers Served:60
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:20,100
Grade Levels:K-5
Partners:Nebraska Wesleyan University, the Nebraska State Historical Society
Topics:Colonial America, the American Revolution, Constitutional History, Industry and Expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Prosperity and the Depression, the Early Cold War
Methods:Graduate-level coursework, summer institutes

The TAHRGET program is a response to teacher needs in the 75 percent of Lincoln's public elementary schools that did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals, as defined in the No Child Left Behind Act. Key objectives include: increasing teacher participants' knowledge of U.S. history, and improving test scores of students whose teachers received interventions. Under the program, grant resources will pay for tuition and summer study stipends for 60 teachers to earn 30 hours of credit toward a Master of Arts in Historical Studies. The program follows an earlier successful model that partnered the university and the historical society with the district's high school teachers. In addition to courses including History Alive!, participants will be asked to submit a presentation to a professional conference such as the National Council for the Social Studies or the National Council for History Education, and will travel to at least one of the conferences to make a presentation and network with professional colleagues. Graduate courses focus on integrating key events, turning points, individuals, and historical documents into the classroom curriculum. Summer workshops cover U.S. constitutional history and history through biography.


 
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