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Grantee Name:Byng Public School, Ada, OK
Project Name:Teaching as Historians: Explore, Experience, & Explain
Project Director:C. J. Vires (580) 310-5486
Number of Teachers Served:90
Number of School Districts Served:2
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

This consortium project links two isolated school districts in east central Oklahoma with East Central University, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, two tribal history museums, and the Ada Area Museum in an effort to improve American history teaching and learning. U.S. history teachers in Grades 5, 8, and high school will take part in two-day fall and spring colloquia, eight-day summer institutes, and three five-day trips to historic sites. They will also create model lessons, and receive "just-in-time" training in classrooms. One-week museum internships will be available for three teachers, as well as two-day colloquia for 20 pre-service teachers. Content covers Early Exploration, the American Revolution, and the Early Federal Period. Participants have the opportunity to interact with historians, education specialists and master teachers.

Grantee Name:Latta Public School, Ada, OK
Project Name:Creating History: Explore It! Experience It! Express It! (E³);
Project Director:C. J. Vires (580) 310-5486
Number of Teachers Served:84
Number of School Districts Served:8
Number of Students Served:275

This professional development project brings eight rural school districts together with East Central University, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, two tribal history museums, and the Ada Area Museum to develop a PK-16 learning community in East Central Oklahoma that improves American history instruction and helps students become responsible, participating citizens. Strategies include intensive summer institutes, colloquia, classroom support/modeling/mentoring, development of model lessons, national conference attendance, content-based resources, establishment of an American history library at each LEA, and employment of an American history Master Teacher. Participants include eight teachers and 20 pre-service teachers annually. The content focuses on events, issues, and personalities during Early Exploration, the American Revolution, and the early Federal periods. Participating scholars also address Native American history.

Grantee Name:Morrison Public Schools 52-1006
Project Name:Teaching American History at Morrison (TAHM)
Project Director:Janice Davis (580) 724-3620
Number of Teachers Served:40
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:980 per year

The Morrison School District developed TAHM in partnership with Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and two Native American tribal agencies. TAHM seeks to improve the instructional effectiveness of American history teachers at three low-income rural schools and to increase the students' academic performance. Participating fourth, fifth and seventh through ninth grade teachers will aim to increase their knowledge base in local and national history and learn strategies for capturing student interest through the use of primary sources and technology. Activities will include annual graduate-level summer institutes, workshops, and field trips to historical sites and schools with model teaching programs. Teachers will conduct historical research, develop curricular units, lesson plans, and a web-based support network, and, to disseminate the program, mentor their peers directly and via the Internet and make presentations at professional conferences. Program content ranges from early exploration of North America through the challenges of the Cold War era, as modified for grade-level history requirements. Fourth grade teachers' activities cover the period 1607-1877. High school teachers will focus on the 20th Century.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005