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Grantee: Cooperating School Districts, St. Louis, MO
Project Name: Liberty's Legacies: Historical Perspectives on Liberty, Equality and Reform
Project Director: Dennis Lubeck (314) 872-8282
Funding: $1,000,000
Number of Teachers Served: 72
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: No information available

The project comprises four strategies of professional development: researching historical themes and authentic pedagogy, and also a week-long summer institute; encountering and discussing new scholarship in reading seminars, two one-day workshops, and a series of evening lectures; building teaching networks through listservs, a newsletter, and conferences; and providing supportive materials, such as annotated bibliographies, special traveling exhibits, and oral histories. Content focuses on the Revolutionary Era, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, post-Civil War and 20th century reform, the women's movement, progressivism, the New Deal, the Great Society, and the Civil Rights Movement. Partners include the Cooperating School District's International Education Consortium, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Missouri Historical Society, and the National Council for History Education.

Grantee: Seneca R-VII, Seneca, MO
Project Name: Great American Lives: Teaching History Through Biography
Project Director: Pam George (417) 673-7078
Funding: $999,998
Number of Teachers Served: 115
Number of School Districts Served: 42
Number of Students Served: No information available

Great American Lives aims to help American History in-service and pre-service teachers in grades 4-12 learn about the "challenges of the times" bringing "ordinary men to the forefront of American history" through spring reading seminars, summer institutes at historical sites, development of lesson and unit plans, use of primary documents, pedagogy/technology workshops, and a concluding Best Practices conference. Oral history will be stressed and participation in National History Day encouraged. Partnering with 42 school districts in the Southwest Center for Educational Excellence Consortium are Missouri Southern State University-Joplin, Truman Library, and George Washington Carver National Monument. Institute topics include Civil Rights Tour of the South, Jefferson's Virginia, New York and Its People, Following the Underground Railroad, and Across the Divide with Lewis and Clark. Fall seminars address Great American Lives, FDR and the Holocaust, Roger Williams and the Puritan Ordeal, and Biography All Around Us.

Grantee: St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis, MO
Project Name: With Liberty and Justice for All: A Teaching American History Project
Project Director: Linda Riekes (314) 345-2465
Funding: $687,637
Number of Teachers Served: 96
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

In collaboration with Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis Mercantile Library, Washington University's departments of History, American Culture, African and Afro-American Studies, and Education, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis Public Library, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, and Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund, the project provides all American History teachers in the district's 24 middle schools (grades 6-8) with intensive professional development to revitalize US. History teaching. Teachers attend a 30-hour Saturday study program and 5-day summer institutes resulting in instructional units including readings, discussion, research using original sources, technology and student productions. Follow-up assistance is provided by historian and teacher educator teams, and teacher teams must develop a school-wide American History project involving families as well as the school community. Pre- and post-testing measure impact. Three winners of American History Teacher of the Year receive $500 awards for professional development or classroom materials. Content themes are: impact of westward expansion on Native Americans and people of color; freedom and early 19th century American judicial system; African-Americans in the Civil War; separate but unequal; freedom and the U.S. Constitution.

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