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New Mexico 2005 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Taos Municipal Schools, Taos, NM
Project Name:Enchanted Circle History Organization (ECHO)
Project Director:Richard D. Loosbrock (719) 589-6527
Number of Teachers Served:200
Number of School Districts Served:28
Number of Students Served:32,000

This expansion of a successful TAH program in Colorado aims to improve student knowledge of basic U.S. history by providing history teachers in 28 school districts with intensive summer institutes, workshops, on-site visits by professional historians, continuing professional development for teachers, and development of a community of historians in northern New Mexico. Partners in the professional development effort include Adams State College, the Ernest Thompson Seton and Kit Carson Museum, the Organization of American Historians, and Colonial Williamsburg. The area served encompasses five of the state's poorest counties, in which more than one-third of the population is of Hispanic origin. The traditional American history content focuses on the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Cold War, and World War II. Primary source documents to be studied are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005