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Grantee Name:Douglas Education Service District, OR
Project Name:From Purple Mountain Majesties to Shining Sea: A Journey into American Ideals
Project Director:Dawne Huckaby
Number of Teachers Served:80
Number of School Districts Served:31
Number of Students Served:59,600
Grade Levels:elementary, middle and high school
Partners:Douglas County Museum of Natural and Cultural History, High Desert Museum, Coos Historical and Maritime Museum, Applegate House Heritage Arts and Education Center, Oregon Department of Education
Topics:Pre-colonial and colonial periods, the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War I, the Civil Rights Movement
Methods:Summer institutes, colloquia, master teachers, History Alive! Pursuing American Ideals series, journaling

This professional development project will benefit research knowledge, educational policy, and instructional practice through teachers' study of how the five founding ideals played out in American history: democracy, equality, rights, liberty, and opportunity. Eighty teachers from four ESD regions will be recruited, primarily from middle and high schools but also including teachers from grades 4 and 5. Participants will engage in two two-day school year colloquia, initial and follow-up summer institutes, keep a reflective journal or blog, and submit lesson plans. To ensure teaching strategies meet needs, grade-level advisory boards will be established. Historical content will be presented in terms of the founding ideal. Historians may pose such questions as: "How did the pre-colonial and colonial periods help shape America's five ideals?" How was the nation's commitment to its founding ideals tested during Reconstruction? What effects did post-World War I tensions have on America's founding ideals? How did the Civil Rights movement advance ideals of liberty, equality, and opportunity for African Americans and other minorities? The project plans to explore content options with the assistance of scholars and museum/historical society recommendations.

Grantee Name:Lane Education Service District, OR
Project Name:Teaching American History Legacies
Project Director:Robert Young
Number of Teachers Served:45
Number of School Districts Served:16
Number of Students Served:50,000
Grade Levels:4-12
Partners:Portland State University's Department of History, the Historical Museum Coalition of Lane County (17 local museums), the Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon Council for the Humanities
Topics:Expansion and conflict; democracy; economic activity
Methods:Summer seminars, historic sites, mentoring, traveling trunks, workshops

The "Legacies" project draws on the experience of previous TAH programs in the district as well as needs assessment of American history teachers in Lane County. Prior TAH participants will be demonstration teachers and mentors to new participants, and will assist in developing sustainable history education outreach to local museums, historians, and historic sites. Under broad topical themes, seminars and workshops will address: westward movement, Native American and Anglo-American settlement in Oregon, territorial expansion, life in the Oregon territory, imperialism and colonialism, representative government and the American Revolution, slavery, abolition, and the Civil War, rights movements including the Progressive Movement, colonial crafts and inventions, Native crafts and arts, industrialization and the rise of cities, community growth in Oregon, new technologies and global reach, and Oregon's Pacific Rim ties and changing economy. Complementing workshops, lectures, and readings will be study of maps, artifacts, journal, photographs, and documents available in local museums, along with discussions on strategies to enliven students' appreciation of American history.

Grantee Name:Southern Oregon Education Service District, OR
Project Name:The Legacy of Freedom Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:Joe Peterson
Number of Teachers Served:50
Number of School Districts Served:13
Number of Students Served:50,000
Grade Levels:4-12
Partners:Princeton University's James Madison Program, the Southern Oregon Historical Society, the American Institute for History Education, the Bill of Rights Institute, the American Institute of Historians and History Educators, The Civil War Society, The Civil War Institute, The National Constitution Center, the Cold War Museum, Mt. Vernon, Gunston Hall, and the International Spy Museum
Topics:The British Empire and the colonies; the agrarian economy of the South vs. the market economy of the northern states in the 19th century; Progressivism; World War I; Wilsonian international liberalism; transcontinental railroad; World War II; the Cold War; the War on Terror
Methods:Colloquia, field trips, summer institutes, online historical resources, Cicero

This project will train "Fellows" to investigate traditional American history and will require them to train other history teachers to critique their districts' history curricula and publish their work on a website. In the first year, Fellows study the relationship of the British Empire and the colonies by reading works of political philosophers along with English documents, colonial charters, the Federalist Papers, and Bill of Rights. In the second year, Fellows will contrast the 19th-century agrarian South with the developing market economy of the North by reading major political figures such as John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John Calhoun and making field trips. In the final year, Fellows compare American democracy to totalitarianism abroad and will look at how the transcontinental railroad transformed Oregon's economy.

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