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Grantee: Chicago Public Schools, District #299, Chicago, IL
Project Name: Connecting with American History Project
Project Director: Albert Bertani (773) 553-3497
Funding: $1,213,290
Number of Teachers Served: 80
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 12,000

In cooperation with the Newberry Library, Chicago Historical Society, Chicago Metro History Education Center, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and DuSable Museum of African American History, the project immerses 10th grade American History teachers in a series of professional development activities designed to increase teaching skills and content knowledge. Content focuses on significant defining moments of five seminal periods of traditional U.S. history: From Revolution to New Nation; Reconstruction of American Citizenship; Nation of Immigrants; Depression, War, and the State; and American's Second Reconstruction. Participants use Quarterly Planning Maps combined with benchmark assessments to align instructional skills with student progress. The program integrates traditional delivery methods—symposia, institutes, seminars and workshops—with "reform activities" including study groups, collaborative curriculum development, action research, and coaching.

Grantee: Rockford Public School District #205, Rockford, IL
Project Name: History Connections
Project Director: Lisa Mehlig (815) 967-8067
Funding: $981,539
Number of Teachers Served: 150
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

Rockford Public Schools, Northern Illinois University, Rock Valley College, Rockford College, Midway Village and Museum Center, Burpee Museum, and Rockford Park District-Atwood Center are forming a partnership to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history through curriculum and assessment development and modeling of engaging teaching strategies. The project targets teachers of 5th grade, 8th grade, and high school. Content will focus on Immigration and Migration; Natives and Pioneers; Justice for All; and War and Social Upheaval. The project will begin with the first annual Teacher Leader Institute, held in collaboration with university/college faculty and museum experts. The institute will be followed by teacher seminars. In addition, a job-embedded model of professional development will be initiated, and a history lab will be established.

Grantee: School District U.46, Elgin, IL
Project Name: American History Partnership
Project Director: Steven Klein (847) 888-5000 ext. 5357
Funding: $722,943
Number of Teachers Served: 72
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: No information available

During of the project's three years, 24 elementary, middle, and high schools drawn from virtually every district campus will participate in a 12-month program of intensive study, classroom instruction, and professional reflection through a 2-day spring symposium; a series of 1 to 4-day seminars related to historical eras identified in state goals; 3 team study days; and a 1-day meeting for curriculum review. Collaborating organizations in this program will raise student and teacher knowledge of U.S. history, increase pedagogical skills, and revise the social studies scope to meet state standards. These organizations include: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Chicago; Elgin Area Historical Society, and the Illinois State Historical Library at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Content covers early and colonial history; American Revolution and early national period; national expansion; Civil War and Reconstruction; Industrial U.S.; U.S. emergence as a world power; prosperity; the Depression; New Deal and World War II; post-war and the Cold War; and contemporary U.S. from 1968 to the present.

Last Modified: 12/02/2005