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Indiana 2005 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Madison Consolidated Schools, Madison, IN
Project Name:Ohio River Teaching American History Project
Project Director:Ronald V. Morris (765) 285-8720
Number of Teachers Served:105
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:820

This project seeks to establish long-term professional development in American history teaching for fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade teachers in rural and small town public schools along the Ohio River. Designed by Ball State University history professors and district schoolteachers, the project is also partnered with the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and Historic Madison, a museum. Components include six one-week institutes, 18 one-day workshops, use of a website for information sharing, creation of DVDs using primary sources, interviews, and reenactment footage, and organization of Junior Preservation League events along the Ohio River by teachers and students. During the first year of the grant, there will be two summer institutes illustrating the principles of freedom and democracy as articulated in the founding documents and showing how they have shaped American's struggles and achievements. Content covers Cultural Encounters in Colonial America, Teaching American History through Hollywood Films, Diplomatic History and the Shadow of War, and America in the Post-War Years.

Last Modified: 08/17/2006