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Grantee: Ballard County Board of Education, Barlow, KY
Project Name: Teaching American History Opportunities for Educators (TAHOE)
Project Director: Natalie McDowell (270) 762-6177
Funding: $976,666
Number of Teachers Served: 130
Number of School Districts Served: 14
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with Murray State University and the Kentucky Historical Society, TAHOE expands upon its earlier version (TAHOE I), which includes summer institutes, one-day discussion seminars, guided seminars, and one-day historic site visits. It creates six thematic, teacher-developed and tested history units for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and culminates with a Teaching American History Summit. Topics of discussion include: the Civil Rights Movement, frontier life, art and music in American history, Kentucky's role in the Civil War, and the economic forces in American history.

Grantee: Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, Bowling Green, KY
Project Name: Revolutionary Results (R2)
Project Director: Elizabeth C. Storey (270) 745-2451
Funding: $990,827
Number of Teachers Served: 116
Number of School Districts Served: 9
Number of Students Served: 6,264

Teachers of grades 5, 8, and 11 participate in annual American history institutes (8 days in the summer and 2 days in the following fall) and related activities, e.g., experiential teaching techniques, Chautauqua (historic character-based storytelling), training in library research, and history expeditions. Teaching techniques are based on national standards and correlated to the state's standards. Subject matter includes: American women and Native Americans in American history, the American West, American wars, and Thomas Jefferson and other famous persons. Partners are: Green River Regional Educational Cooperative, Western Kentucky University and its libraries, Kentucky Library and Museum, and Kentucky Humanities Council.

Grantee: Harlan Independent School District, Harlan, KY
Project Name: American Legacies II: Immersion Seminars in American History
Project Director: Rebecca S. Hanly (502) 564-1792
Funding: $983,960
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 15
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and the Kentucky Department of Education, American Legacies II offers three one-year immersion seminars in traditional American history followed by an additional six months of in-classroom support. The theme is closely correlated with the Kentucky Department of Education's core content: the emergence of American democracy; market revolutions: the rise of capitalism and its impact on democracy; and American home fronts. Each year five fellows of the program serve as mentors to the new group. Other activities include a 2-day seminar on historical perspective and evidence, study group meetings, a summer field trip, a fall lecture and discussion series, and intensive one-on-one classroom mentoring.

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