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Project Name: Teaching American History: A Media-Supported Professional Development Model
Project Director: Susan Patterson (205) 348-6432
Funding: $784,659
Number of Teachers Served: 50
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

The project features intensive training for 10th and 11th grade teachers, through a series of summer institutes and an online distance-learning component. The project integrates a 26-part video telecourse, A Biography of America, with an 8-hour video and web series of teacher workshops, Primary Sources. The program is presented in two one-year parts, the first year focusing on the period before 1900 (New World encounters, English settlement, growth and empire, independence, government, westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction), and the second on the period after 1900 (industrial supremacy, the new city, the West, capital and labor, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, the 1920s, FDR and the Depression, World War II, the 1950s, the 1960s, and contemporary history). Partners are the WGBH Educational Foundation, and the University of Alabama.

Grantee: Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, Tuscaloosa, AL
Project Name: Southern History as U.S. History: From Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond
Project Director: Jolene Stanford (205) 348-1407
Funding: $826,472
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 6,000

This project serves teachers of American history in grades 5, 6, 10, and 11. Activities include a 2-week summer history institute and in-service workshops whose context is American history from the Civil War to Civil Rights, spotlighting Alabama and the southern United States. Topics focus on significant ideas and issues, individuals, events, places and milestones, or turning points. Partners include the University of Alabama Department of History and College of Education, Alabama Museum of Natural History, Gorgas House, and the Westervelt Warner Museum of Young America.

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