Teaching American History

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Minnesota 2006 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Southeast Service Cooperative, MN
Project Name:Blufflands and Prairies: Southern Minnesota's Place in the Fabric of American History
Project Director:Rebekka A. Meyer
Number of Teachers Served:700
Number of School Districts Served:No Information Available
Number of Students Served:125,000
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:Winona State University, the Minnesota History Center, and the Southwest/West Center Service Cooperative
Topics:political and constitutional history, Native American cultures, immigration, the region's role in American history, and economics and commerce in American history
Methods:professional development sessions, summer institutes, visits from historians, field trips, electronic networking, and consulting assistance

The state's comprehensive assessments show a significant achievement gap between White and minority students, as much as 44.7% between subgroups in some subjects. From 2000-01 to 2004-05, the numbers of limited English proficient, free and reduced price lunch, and special education students rose by 19, four, and 28%, respectively. The project will broaden teacher knowledge of American history content, improve teaching strategies, and create an ongoing relationship among southern Minnesota's K-16 educators and other history specialists. The project will do this by providing professional development for up to 700 American history teachers that includes inquiry-based learning approaches with content introduction and research. The content delivery will increase teacher content knowledge, centered on five core themes, through week-long summer institutes and one-day trainings held throughout the school year.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006