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FY2011 Project Participants/Services Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What teacher/school staff members participate in a TAH grant?
  2. How would elementary school teachers show American history as a separate academic subject, apart from social studies?
  3. Can private school teachers participate in a TAH grant?
  4. May a grantee serve the same teachers as served in a previous TAH grant?
  5. Can undergraduate students participate in a TAH project?
  6. Are there a required target number of participants to be served each year?
  7. What services may be provided in a TAH project?
  8. Are student activities allowed in a TAH project?

1. What teacher/school staff members participate in a TAH grant?

Other schoolteachers or staff member that that incorporate U.S. history content into their curriculum may participate. This can include language arts teachers that participate in team-teaching, special education teachers, or a school administrator that at times is called upon to teach U.S. history. However, the focus of the project’s training should remain on training U.S. history teachers.

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2. How would elementary school teachers show American history as a separate academic subject, apart from social studies?

Elementary school teachers are expected, as a result of training through the grant project, to have knowledge of American history as a unique discipline, as separate from other aspects of a social studies curriculum that includes civics and geography. It is not expected that school districts revise their elementary curriculum to separate history from social studies.

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3. Can private school teachers participate in a TAH grant?

Yes. Private school teachers may participate in professional development activities; however, a private school may not receive a grant award under this program.

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4. May a grantee serve the same teachers as served in a previous TAH grant?

Yes. A grantee may serve the same teachers in a second or third grant if they are providing a new approach to professional development or a new content area. A grantee cannot provide the same professional development program for the same teachers -- that would be unnecessary or unreasonable and thus not allowable.

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5. Can undergraduate students participate in a TAH project?

Yes. Grantees, at their discretion, may provide pre-service professional development to undergraduate students to help these students develop a stronger foundation in American history subject content and related teaching strategies.

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6. Are there a required target number of participants to be served each year?

No, there is not a target number. The applicant will determine that number based on the needs of the district they are proposing to serve.

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7. What services may be provided in a TAH project?

TAH grants may support a wide range of activities designed to deliver ongoing, intensive professional development. Activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: high-quality in-service and/or pre-service professional development activities; strategies for sustained collaboration among teachers and outside experts to improve instruction in American history; participation of teams of teachers in summer institutes and summer immersion activities; and school-based collaborative efforts among teachers to improve instruction in American history. In addition, grants may support development of programs to assist new history teachers in the classroom, such as mentoring and coaching by trained mentor teachers and team teaching.

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8. Are student activities allowed in a TAH project?

TAH is a professional development program and activities are for current and pre-service teachers. Student activities are not allowed.

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