Teaching American History

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Florida 2004 Grant Abstract
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Grantee: School District of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL
Project Name: Linking Tradition to Tomorrow
Project Director: Barbara D. Anderson (813) 272-4880
Funding: $928,000
Number of Teachers Served: No information available
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Linking Tradition to Tomorrow seeks to improve content knowledge for elementary through high school teachers of history in the Hillsborough County area, and to provide the resources to teach American history as a separate subject at all grade levels, in the form of curriculum guides that include specific American history content. To accomplish this, the district will partner with University of South Florida, Annenberg Corporation, George Mason University, City University of New York, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Close-Up Foundation, Tampa Educational Cable Consortium, Florida International Museum, Tampa Bay History Center, and University of Tampa. Over three years, 17 different trainings will be offered through video, Internet, live digital links, lectures, cooperative learning, hands-on experiences and field excursions. Historical thinking skills will be taught, including comprehension, analysis/interpretation, research capabilities, and analysis/decision-making. Content will cover A Biography of America (First Americans through late 20th century); History Matters (Puritans, Jefferson's Republican Party, railroad expansion and the middle class, and women's suffrage, and more); the American history lecture series (19th century politics, Civil War, Manifest Destiny, and more); and field excursions (St. Augustine, Ft. Foster, Ybor City State Museum; H.B. Plant Museum).

Last Modified: 06/08/2005