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Grantee: Community School District 23, Brooklyn, NY
Project Name: Connecting Young Americans to the Past: Looking beyond the Neighborhood and to the Nation
Project Director: Dr. Joseph Nwabueze (718) 380-2422
Funding: $874,897
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

This professional development project for 60 teachers of grade 4 and 60 teachers of grades 7 and 8 is a national model designed to energize the study of American history by connecting it to compelling, real-life examples of national events played out on the local level. Each year is divided into four-month cycles, during which 20 teachers are immersed in on intensive professional development program. Two summer institutes provide content for grade 4 teachers that includes: Native Americans of New York State, the European Encounter, Three Worlds of Europe, Africa, and America Meet in the Americas, Colonial and Revolutionary War periods. Grade 7 and 8 teachers study the content of the New York State Social Studies Core Curriculum. Partners include the Brooklyn Historical Society, Columbia University Teachers College, and the Gotham Center for New York City History.

Grantee: New York City Department of Education-citywide, New York, NY
Project Name: American Journey: From Staff Development to Student Achievement in the Study of American History
Project Director: Helen Santiago (212) 374-3831
Funding: $1,931,284
Number of Teachers Served: 100
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

The foundation of American Journey is two summer institutes for 100 less experienced 3rd to 8th grade teachers selected from all ten regions of the city along with Fellows sessions for selected middle school teachers throughout the school year. Institutes taught by historians take place at historic sites in each borough. A web-based History Education Network will serve grade K-12 teachers to disseminate history instruction resources. Partnering with the LEA, which serves 1.2 million students, are Gotham Center of City University of New York, City Lore, Historic House Trust, Henry Street Settlement, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York Historical Society, and other museums and historical societies. Content covers American Revolution and Constitution, Civil War and Reconstruction, Great Depression and World War II, Immigration and Migration.

Grantee: New York City Department of Education, Region 2, New York, NY
Project Name: Telling America's Story
Project Director: Philip Panaritis (718) 828-4638
Funding: $990,000
Number of Teachers Served: 385
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: 50,000

Telling America's Story aims to create a seamless system of American History teaching in Region 2's 53 middle and high schools. Partners in the 3-year program of institutes, colloquia, lectures, mini-sessions, and study groups include City University of New York, Lehman College's History and Education Departments, New York University's Horowitz Center for Teacher Development, and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. All American History educators in the Region receive a pass enabling them to use the resources New York City museums and cultural organizations for the life of the grant. Under the program, 80 teacher-historians in grades 7, 8 and 11 seeded throughout all schools receive intensive professional development to become master teachers who can provide support for colleagues. Their institute topics cover: the Constitution and U.S. Foreign Relations-Federalist Papers, Monroe Doctrine, Expansion, Sectionalism, Civil War, World Wars I and II, Cold War; history of freedom and liberties-17th and 18th Centuries; and history of democracy in the U.S. An additional 305 U.S. History teachers and History assistant principals participate in lectures, discussion groups, and forums and use the documentary resources of Gilder Lehrman Institute. Other committed partners include N-NYHS, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Radio and Television, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Guggenheim Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Historical Society, Poe Cottage, Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Van Cortlandt House Museum.

Grantee: New York City Department of Education, Region 7, New York, NY
Project Name: James Madison Seminar on Teaching American History
Project Director: Bradford P. Wilson (608) 683-0316
Funding: $839,808
Number of Teachers Served: 135
Number of School Districts Served: 3
Number of Students Served: No information available

This program brings together Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and National Association of Scholars with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton String Quartet in a three-year effort designed to improve pedagogical skills of intermediate and high school American History teachers. The program includes two-week summer residential seminars and four half-days of professional development during the year focusing first on the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution, secondly on the secession crisis and Civil War, and thirdly on 20th and 21st century constitutional and cultural conflicts accompanying the Civil Rights revolution and Supreme Court jurisprudence. An interactive website and lesson plans supplement assistance to teachers in guiding students. The Laboratory for Student Success will evaluate the project, and teachers may receive professional development credit from Ashland University in Ohio.

Grantee: New York City Department of Education, Region 7, New York, NY
Project Name: Historians and Teachers: A Partnership to Improve Knowledge, Teaching, and Learning in American History
Project Director: Dr. Fran Macko (718)-420-5693
Funding: $993,770
Number of Teachers Served: 96
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 12,000

The project engages middle school (16 each year) and high school (16 each year), American history teachers in a 3-year professional development program designed and run in conjunction with the American Social History Project at the City University of New York. Other partners include the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Educational Development Corporation. The project provides: five day-long retreats during one school year in which historians lead participants in the study of major events and themes in the U.S. History survey; a week-long summer institute in which groups of participants develop document-based curriculum units on topics covered during the retreats; school-year inter-visitations where teachers carry out and refine their curriculum units; and pre- and post-project evaluation data to help the teachers and the district improve instructional practice, student achievement, and assessment-based curriculum design. Each year, in the retreats and summer institutes, each of three successive cohorts take in the full chronological sweep of American history by focusing on a different overarching theme-democracy, becoming American, or America and the world. In addition, to cultivate school-site support and leadership for the project and its teachers, the project provides intensive training services to 24 social studies assistant principals, who in turn spread the insights and resources of the project to all American history teachers within the district.

Grantee: Salmon River Central School District, Fort Covington, NY
Project Name: American History through Hotinon shonni Eyes
Project Director: Annemarie Fitz Randolf (518) 358-6669
Funding: $736,731
Number of Teachers Served: 25
Number of School Districts Served: No information available
Number of Students Served: No information available

Partnering with the Akwesasne Cultural Center and St. Lawrence University, the project convenes three summer professional development institutes and two mid-winter weekend retreats for teachers of 4th and 11th grade American history. The project gives the Hotinonshonni historical perspective, which enables teachers and students to understand how the Native American cultural traditions complement rather than conflict with traditional views of American history. Teachers are recruited from 16 reservation and contracting schools in New York State. Three main themes are: principles shared among the Iroquois and founders of the U.S.A. and their influences on the form taken by the government of the U.S.A.; episodes throughout our history that have tested and have reinforced or betrayed those founding principles; and recent history as it reflects on our hopes for the future.

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