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Grantee: El Reno Public Schools, El Reno, OK
Project Name: Project SHAPE: Study History to Achieve Peace and Equality
Project Director: Dr. Lisa Horn (405) 262-1703
Funding: $378,025
Number of Teachers Served: 16
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 1,822

For teachers of grades 5-12, professional development in this project focuses on Colonial America, pioneers, Indian removal, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Gilded Age, World War II (including Japanese internment and the Holocaust), Baby Boomers, technology, the 21st century. Four teachers per summer observe historic sites and documents first-hand, such as colonial New England and the South. Once per month a seminar is convened. Peer observation of classroom instruction, mentoring, team teaching, multicultural education, networking, and national teacher certification supplement the content-focused instruction. Partners are Oklahoma State University Department of History, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Oklahoma Historical Society, Canadian County Historical museum, Historic Fort Reno, Inc., and the Cheyenne-Arapaho Nation of Oklahoma.

Grantee: Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, Hominy, OK
Project Name: Project CLIO (Collaboration for Literacy in Our History)
Project Director: Susan Frazier (918) 885-2667
Funding: $579,787
Number of Teachers Served: 42
Number of School Districts Served: 11
Number of Students Served: 2,168

Under the Latin name for the Greek Muse of History, CLIO, in collaboration with Northeastern State University's (NSU) History Department, local museums and historic sites, will provide professional development and dissemination/instructional improvement in American history to 11 school districts in five low-income, isolated counties in northern Oklahoma. Through summer institutes, workshops, classroom visits, mentoring, electronic networking, museum and site-based seminars, conferences, research, and development of lesson plans, teachers in grades 4-5 and 7-12 cover Early Exploration, Colonial America, American Revolution, Early Federal Period, Jacksonian Era, Civil War, Industrial Revolution Imperialism, Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. Grade 4-5 and 7-8 teachers focus on the period 1607-1877; grades 9-12 focus on 1850-1990 events. With extensive experience in courses for Native American students, NSU offers expertise to districts having 48 different nations and tribes.

Grantee: Poteau Independent School District, 1-29, Poteau, OK
Project Name: ECHO Project: American Voices Resounding Anew
Project Director: Rick Peters (918) 647-7700
Funding: $468,055
Number of Teachers Served: 15
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 1,822

Located in the heart of the Choctaw Nation, the Poteau Public Schools ECHO professional development project serves K-12 grade students living in an impoverished and isolated area. More than 650 students in grades 5, 8, 10, and 11 receive direct services in American History classes, with students in 6, 7, 9, and 12 benefiting from team teaching, and grades 4-12 receiving History Alive! presentations. All participate through the digital classroom, virtual field trips, primary research, films, Living History presenters, museum exhibits, and student productions. Building on history as "story," the project focuses on Westward Expansion and critical inquiry into how notions of Manifest Destiny collide. All American History teachers participate in fall and spring two-day workshops, a three-day summer symposium, and development of a vertically aligned, research-driven curriculum incorporating primary sources, historical debate, and diverse learning styles. Summer immersion/research teams travel to New England for research on colonial issues and the former home of the "Five Civilized Tribes" and to the Southeast for research on sites of interest to students. Teachers also engage in seminars, peer observation and team teaching; with at least 25 percent receiving certification in American History. Partners include University of Oklahoma Department of History, Oklahoma Humanities Council. Fort Smith Museum of History, Oklahoma Historical Society, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Will Rogers Memorial, and Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm.

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