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Grantee: Chillicothe R-II School District, Chillicothe, MO
Project Name: Teaching Traditional American History
Project Director: Mike Lair (660) 646-0700
Funding: $892,875
Number of Teachers Served: 150
Number of School Districts Served: 24
Number of Students Served: No information available

In partnership with the University of Missouri Western, Central Methodist College, Truman Presidential Museum and Library, the State of Missouri's Office of the Secretary of State Archivist, Livingston County Library, and 23 northwestern school districts, Chillicothe R-11 School District aims to accomplish 2 goals: establish a network of master teachers, and ensure that northwestern Missouri teachers and administrators have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to teach U.S. history. The first goal will be addressed by the annual 3-week summer institute that will enhance teachers' knowledge of U.S. history, and enhance their critical thinking skills. Content for year 1 will be Manifest Destiny: A Clash of Cultures; year 2, American 20th Century Diplomatic History; and year 3, The Civil War. The second goal will be addressed by introducing of instructional management tools, ongoing workshops and seminars, and the Anytime Learning System computerized tool with the American Education History Instructional Titles.

Grantee: Republic R-III, Republic, MO
Project Name: American History Education Enhancement Project
Project Director: Cinthia Mais (417) 732-3650
Funding: $983,014
Number of Teachers Served: 25
Number of School Districts Served: 7
Number of Students Served: No information available

The American History Education Enhancement Project offers middle and high school social studies teachers the means to earn a master's degree that strengthens their knowledge and appreciation of U.S. history through 5 3-hour graduate courses. The professional development program includes summer institutes, 15 hours of Internet-delivered coursework on content and research, and face-to-face pod meetings at individual schools in which participants work with a master teacher to transfer course material to the classroom. Course content focuses on extensive readings and discussions regarding the Revolutionary War and Early Republic, Civil War, 19th century social history, women's history, and history of education. Project effectiveness in boosting student performance will be measured by a quasi-experimental design in which students of participants and non-participants are pre- and post-tested. Partnering with the 4 public school systems in Greene and Christian Counties are Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield-Greene County History Museum, and Greene County Archives.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005