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Grantee: Discovery Charter School, Newark, NJ
Project Name: The Overcoming Obstacles to Liberty Fellowship
Project Director: Kevin Brady (973) 623-0222
Funding: $999,275
Number of Teachers Served: 150
Number of School Districts Served: 14
Number of Students Served: 15,000

A consortium of 14 urban charter districts is partnering with the American Institute for History Education, Temple University historians and scholars from Princeton University, Mount St. Vincent College, University of Delaware, Montclair State University, Foreign Policy Research Institute, New Jersey Historical Society, and Civil War Institute to offer six American History seasonal colloquia, a field trip series, and summer institutes to teacher "fellows" in grades K-8. The fellows will, in turn, train all history teachers in their districts and beyond in much-needed turnkey workshops, and form vertical teams to review history curricula. Compilations of professional development sessions will be published on 3 interactive CD-ROMS and a website with the assistance of an experienced multimedia firm. Content covers: The Empire vs. the Colonies; Agrarian Culture vs. Industrialization and the Market; and International Liberalism vs. The Totalitarians.

Grantee: East Brunswick Public Schools, East Brunswick, NJ
Project Name: The Overcoming Obstacles to Liberty (TOOL) Fellowship
Project Director: Robert G. Shamy (732) 446-0853
Funding: $997,460
Number of Teachers Served: 550
Number of School Districts Served: 5
Number of Students Served: No information available

A consortium of five urban and multicultural suburban public school districts, along with the Middlesex County Educational Technology Training Center and the New Jersey Network (PBS), will offer this program in partnership with the American Institute for History Education (AIHE), the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Temple University, University of Delaware, the Civil War Institute, Newseum (Washington, DC), and Foreign Policy Research Institute. TOOL Fellows will form five core vertical teams, consisting of 8 elementary and middle school teachers and 2 high school teachers (who will serve as the content specialists and vertical team leaders). These teams will immerse another 500 teachers in the skills and content of this program. Participants will study the colonial period through the 20th century. By examining the ethos of the 17th and 18th centuries, teachers will find it easier to convey the meaning of such later events as the Civil War, Progressive Era, New Deal, and Civil Rights. Digital media servers will be installed in each consortium district to provide access to high-quality digital media in support of the instructional component of this program. AIHE will produce three interactive CDs for national distribution and a website with all the program's events and materials.

Grantee: Hackensack Public Schools, Hackensack, NJ
Project Name: The People of America: The Heritage of Our Nation
Project Director: Louis Moore (201) 646-7933
Funding: $996,150
Number of Teachers Served: 134
Number of School Districts Served: 1
Number of Students Served: 16,500

The History Consortium at The Hermitage is composed of 15 urban and suburban high schools, historians from Columbia University, The Hermitage (a national historic landmark), and Rutgers University, and educators from Ramapo College. Since 2002, the consortium has provided professional development for teachers as historians from schools with significant immigrant populations and many non-tenured teachers. The program consists of an intensive summer Hermitage Institute, whose themes will be: Peopling of America (in 2004); Working in America (in 2005); and Living in America (2006). Scholars will explore the entire span of U.S. history from and consider aspects of each theme from a local, state, or regional perspective. Teachers will learn to use Columbia University's American History website (CAHO) which provides access to historians, documents, and prototype lessons. Participants also develop other prototype lessons for grades 8-12, referenced to the N.J. Core Curriculum Content Standards. Proceedings, digital documents for lessons, and lessons will be posted on the Hermitage's website.

Last Modified: 06/08/2005