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Grantee: Parsons District Schools USD 503, Parsons, KS
Project Name: Project eHIKES (Enhancing History Instruction for Kansas Educators and Students)
Project Director: Linda Proehl (620) 421-5950
Funding: $754,543
Number of Teachers Served: 25
Number of School Districts Served: 4
Number of Students Served: No information available

Project eHIKES seeks to increase historical knowledge and skills of middle/high schoolteachers by providing them with an understanding of primary and secondary history sources, their context, and research-based instructional strategies. The program emphasizes two themes: evolution of American political democracy from colonial days to the present-Constitution, Civil War, slavery, emancipation, and civil rights; and the changing character of American society and culture-arts, letters, education, thought, religion and values. Participants must commit to the three-year program, demonstrate new techniques in the classroom, and conduct workshops. Partners include the National Archives and Records Administration, H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online), Pittsburgh State University History Department, Kansas State Department of Education, and Southeast Kansas Education Service Center/Greenbush. Research and Training Association will evaluate impacts on student achievement and teacher learning outcome.

Grantee: Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, Hutchinson, KS
Project Name: American Rights and Race Relations: Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
Project Director: Glenn Wiebe (620) 663-9566
Funding: $740,310
Number of Teachers Served: 55
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: No information available

This project provides professional development to teachers of grades 7-12 and is designed to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board decision. Participants attend a 5-day colloquium during each of the three summers of the project, held at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, the city of the Brown v. Board case. Content in year 1 explores the 10 years of civil rights activity leading up to the Brown decision, including the Truman administration, the NAACP, and the Southern Manifesto. For year 2 civil rights and race relations from 1854 through 1954 discusses issues of slavery, abolition, Bleeding Kansas, the Dred Scott decision, and Jim Crow. Year 3 broadens discussion to the long-term effect of the Brown decision. Partners for the project include the Educational Services and Staff Development of Central Kansas, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center - Greenbush, Washburn University, Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Kansas Council for History Education, Kansas State Historical Society, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

Grantee: Unified School District 480, Liberal, KS
Project Name: At the Center of It All
Project Director: Lana Evans (620) 626-3800
Funding: $570,793
Number of Teachers Served: 40
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

This collaborative professional development program for teachers of U.S. History in grades 4-8 brings together Liberal, Kansas Public Schools, Seward County Historical Society and Museums, and University of Kansas' School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences. Two cycles of 20 randomly selected teachers gain a better understanding of traditional American history, scholarly methods of research using primary sources, and accommodation for non-traditional learners through summer institutes, seminars, coaching, and development of online resources. Emphasizing the relationship of Kansas to U.S. History, content includes Native Americans; pioneer explorers; trains, railroads and highways; immigrants; settlement; indigenous peoples, Indian relocation; the Civil War; social change; economic change; World War I; the Great Depression; World War II; and the recent past.

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