Teaching American History

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Alaska 2006 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Anchorage School District, AK
Project Name:Clio
Project Director:Steve Ex
Number of Teachers Served:80
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:2,000
Grade Levels:5, 6, 8, 10
Partners:the University of Alaska (Anchorage), the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the National Archives and Records Administration's Pacific Alaska Region.
Topics:the founding of America, slavery and the Civil War, and 20th Century America
Methods:graduate-credit courses, workshops, seminars, public forums, summer institutes, and colloquia

Anchorage School District enrolls over 50,000 students, 26% of whom live in poverty. Ethnic minorities make up 45% of the population, with 93 languages spoken. Due to that diversity and the geographic remoteness of the state, students have little connection to their American heritage. Project Clio, named for the Greek muse of history, will help connect students with their own national heritage and will make the study of American history an exciting, engaging experience. Nationally prominent scholars and historians will join with partnering professors and district teacher leaders in a three-year interlocking sequence of colloquia, summer institutes, public forums, and school year seminars for graduate credit. The project prepares history teachers to teach with depth and authenticity and provides coursework leading to the attainment of highly qualified status.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006