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Oklahoma 2006 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Moore Public Schools, OK
Project Name:A Journey through America's Past: Using Historic Sites, Documents, and Scholarship to Explore History
Project Director:Shirley F. Starkey
Number of Teachers Served:No Information Available
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:21,100
Grade Levels:7-12
Partners:Mystic Seaport, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Oklahoma State Museum, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and Oklahoma State University
Topics:Colonial America, teaching Republicanism, the Constitution, Native Americans, colonial social history, Ben Franklin, stages of women's history, prejudice and pluralism, immigration and ethnicity, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, child labor, the New Deal, civil rights, and the consumer revolution
Methods:technology workshops, content workshops, and field trips to Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts

Only 10% of American history teachers in the district were history majors, and very few of them have ever been to the East Coast, where America's history began. Nationally prominent history experts will prepare 15 sets of PowerPoint lectures that teachers will incorporate into lesson plans. On the 12-day "staff ride" teachers will encounter firsthand the great sites, documents, and museums from Washington, D.C., to Massachusetts. Accompanied by senior history professors, teachers will experience the places that made American history and will be able to incorporate these experiences into their lesson plans. These same historians will prepare a graduate level course in historiography will cover 15 main themes since colonial days, including traditional politics as well as the new social history, republicanism, gender and minorities. Teachers will be organized into teams with master teachers receiving additional pay to mentor their colleagues and serve as liaison with the project directors and staff historians.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006