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Name of the Project:

Teaching American History Program

Grantee Contact:
The School Board of Broward County
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Project Director: Judy Paul
(954) 765-6366

Broward County, the 5th largest school district in America, with a diverse population including speakers of 58 languages from 164 different countries, will target its Teaching American History program on teachers and students in the district's lowest-performing schools. Professional development activities include two-week summer institutes and 10 Saturday workshops, in addition to other workshops during the school year, covering content immersion, curriculum development, and a mentoring/coaching program. In addition to professional development activities, the district proposes to publish a revised American history curriculum guide and an American history assessment instrument for use in all secondary schools. The district will partner with Nova Southeastern University, local museums and historical societies, Colonial Williamsburg, the National Council for History Education, and the Florida Humanities Council.

Name of the Project:

Bringing the Past to Life

Grantee Contact:

Hillsborough County Public Schools
Tampa, FL
Project Director: Daryl Saunders

This project proposes to develop a high quality staff development model for 120 elementary and middle school teachers that will guide a sustained effort in U.S. History curriculum development efforts and pedagogical skill development for the elementary and middle school grades. The project design is based on six components: Content, Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Putting it All Together, Assessment, and Coaching. The district's partners include the Annenberg Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, the Tampa Bay History Center, History Alive Teacher's Curriculum Institute, The Education Channel, and the University of South Florida. An estimated 25,000 students will benefit from the work of the project.

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