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Georgia 2004 Grant Abstract
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Grantee: Troup County School System, LaGrange, Georgia
Project Name: Troup County Schools Teacher As Historian Project
Project Director: Janet Solomon (706) 812-7923
Funding: $1,000,000
Number of Teachers Served: 120
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

The Troup County School System will partner with the Library of America, LaGrange College, and Troup County Historical Society to launch the Teacher As Historian project. The program will train 45 master teachers and 75 classroom teachers from 19 elementary, middle, and high schools serving predominantly low-income students from rural and urban communities. To date, more than 20% of the secondary schools here have scored below the state passing rate on American history/social studies standardized measurements, and more than 80% of all county elementary school teachers have had insufficient content preparation in traditional American history. Through three consecutive summer institutes, Library of America historians and LaGrange College professors will help county teachers gain content knowledge and pedagogical skills. Teachers will learn innovative instructional practices and develop new ways to incorporate content into existing curricula; they also will establish an ongoing infrastructure for high-quality professional development that can be used as a catalyst for research. Year 1 content focuses on Georgia's involvement in the Civil War. Possible topics for the second and third years may include American Revolution, Native Americans, Westward Expansion, Reconstruction, World War II, and Civil Rights.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005