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Grantee: Harford County Public Schools, Bel Air, MD
Project Name: Teaching History, Teaching Freedom: Historical Thinking for the 21st Century
Project Director: Gerald Scarborough(410) 588-5223
Funding: $727,935
Number of Teachers Served: 90
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

To improve student achievement in U.S. History through improving teacher instruction, this professional development project offers annual 6-day summer institutes with elementary and secondary tracks, six weekend workshops, research field experiences, and mentoring for participants. Focusing on content and pedagogical best practices, elementary teachers examine exploration, colonial, and revolutionary periods through European, African and Native American perspectives; secondary teachers examine freedom from the American Revolution to formation of the American republic, Civil War, Reconstruction, World War II, and the Cold War. Participants maintain a portfolio and personal journal and disseminate information and strategies to colleagues. Partners providing graduate-level instruction include University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland Humanities Council, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Maryland Department of Education.

Grantee: Kent County Public Schools, Chestertown, MD
Project Name: Washington's Legacy Project: Teaching American History
Project Director: Joan Buffone (410) 778-7116
Funding: $951,909
Number of Teachers Served: 307
Number of School Districts Served: 9
Number of Students Served: No information available

Partnering with Washington College and the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, this project provides both resources and professional development for teachers of grades 4-12. Components of the initiatives include: an annual 2-day conference; the course Literacy, Learning and Teaching American History; one-week summer institutes; Saturday seminars; a website; and a portfolio of lesson plans. Strategies include: using the Sultana, a reproduction of an 18th century British schooner to teach about the slave trade; teaching with historic places such as Mt. Vernon; and using documents in class. Content includes: African American history and culture, Chesapeake ports of entry, and shipping.

Grantee: Wicomico County Public Schools, Salisbury, MD
Project Name: Community as Laboratory: Maryland's Eastern Shore and the History of Freedom and Democracy in America
Project Director: Dr. Kenneth Edward Layfield (410) 677-4511
Funding: $814,582
Number of Teachers Served: No information available
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

The project offers two 2-week summer institutes that include examples of local history that illustrate larger national themes, 8 days of workshops, several field trips to local historic sites, and a follow-up, 1-week institute in the third year. Collaborating with Salisbury University and The Edward H. Nabb Research Center, program content includes: political choices (including the Civil Rights Movement), economic changes (tobacco plantations to the 20th century oyster industry), citizenship, religion, slavery to freedom, and oral history workshops.

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