Teaching American History

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Kansas 2006 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Valley Heights Public Schools USD 498, KS
Project Name:Teaching American History with Primary Sources
Project Director:Jim Rodman
Number of Teachers Served:100
Number of School Districts Served:30
Number of Students Served:23,700
Grade Levels:6-12
Partners:Pittsburg State University, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Organization of American Historians, the Kansas Council for History Education/National Council for History Education, the National Council for Public History, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Liberty Memorial, the American Jazz Museum, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the steamship Arabia
Topics:consumer republic and the Cold War, the economic history of the U.S., the Harlem Renaissance, 20th Century America, the U.S. and the Middle East, Kansas and the West, the 19th Century, the Dred Scott case, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Age of Empire and the American colonies, English foundations of the Constitution, New World exploration, and citizenship in the 18th Century
Methods:institutes, a hands-on exhibit workshop, archival research, teacher showcase, museum tours, and field trips

Among the schools in the consortium, more than 20% of 11th grade students scored in the "unsatisfactory" category. Almost half of all consortium schools reported a percentage of 8th grade students scoring at the unsatisfactory level higher than the state average of 11.7%. This project will significantly increase middle and high school teachers' knowledge of American history and will help them incorporate content-specific teaching strategies into their classrooms in order to enhance student learning. All activities described in this grant proposal will be tied directly to state history standards and will connect to the larger themes of civil rights and civil liberties defined in their broadest terms to include the examination of the nation's social, political, and economic history. The project will establish a network of history mentors to provide the infrastructure, training, and support to expand historical resources and activities to other teachers across Kansas, the region, and beyond.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006