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Alabama 2005 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Madison County Board of Education, Huntsville, AL
Project Name:Community for Teaching America's Past (CTAP)
Project Director:Pamela J. Gothart (256) 837-0331
Number of Teachers Served:90-105
Number of School Districts Served:10
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

This partnership for professional development in American history teaching brings together 10 districts with the Gilder Lerhrman Institute, Early Works Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Alabama A&M/UAH Regional Service Center, and American Village. The target audience of teachers in Grades 4, 5, 6, 10, and 11 will engage in blended study cycles during the school year, summer academies, field trips, Saturday seminars, and capstone sessions, and ongoing collaboration through professional learning communities. CTAP organizes traditional American history content into four themes: People Who Lead Us, Documents and Institutions that Unite Us, Issues that Divide Us, and Events that Shape Us. Alabama's role in history is a special focus for fourth grade teachers, while America's beginnings to 1877 are a focus for fifth and tenth grade teachers. Sixth and eleventh grade teachers examine the period between 1877 and the present.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005