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Grantee Name:Henry County Board of Education, GA
Project Name:Expanding Frontiers 1800-1893
Project Director:Robynn Holland
Number of Teachers Served:80
Number of School Districts Served:3
Number of Students Served:167,909
Grade Levels:4, 5, 8, and 11
Partners:Georgia State University, Georgia Archives, National Archives-Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountain, and Pacific Regions, Georgia Humanities Council
Topics:The Louisiana Purchase; Lewis and Clark expedition and relations with Indians; the War of 1812; Florida; Manifest Destiny; the Oregon Territory; the Texas war for independence; the Mexican-American War; the Wilderness and National Roads, turnpikes and canals; factory system inventions; immigration from Ireland, Germany, and China; the American West; the impact of technology, agriculture, mining, and ranching; reform movements, Federal Indian policy
Methods:Workshops, summer travel study, conferences, lectures

Three metro-Atlanta school systems are partnering to improve U.S. history teaching and learning, develop new teacher resources, and create a cadre of master teachers with in-depth content knowledge of the 1800-1893 period. Located in an area of rapid growth, the consortium has 36 schools in a form of corrective action or needs improvement; recruitment of program participants will focus heavily on these schools. "Expanding Frontiers" aims to increase understanding of how events, people, and principles of core documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, are reflected through the nation's changing frontiers. This project involves extensive summer travel, where teachers will attend lectures, conduct research, and interact with historians.

Grantee Name:Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, GA
Project Name:America: The Experiment-The Experience-The Echo
Project Director:Leah Colby
Number of Teachers Served:195
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:33,816
Grade Levels:3-8
Partners:Georgia Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Savannah's Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Olin College
Topics:The Age of American Enlightenment; Rousing the Nation's Conscience; A Nation among Nations; Giant Leaps for Mankind
Methods:Summer travel institutes, History Illuminaria symposia series, lectures, coaching

This professional development project will illuminate the history of the U.S., the experimental nature of its founding, and its unique evolution through the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries. While formally engaging 65 teachers per year, it will support 160 through coaching and instructional support, for a total of 675 educators. With this TAH program-an extension of previous successful efforts-the district will provide a series of activities that recognize the impact of democratic thought and institutions on U.S. history and culture, and highlight the arts, sciences, and technology. The content of symposia also explores: the founding generation and Revolutionary period including leading figures and philosophical advances, Constitutional Amendments granting full citizenship to African Americans, women's suffrage, late 19th century industrial advances, World Wars I and II, American hegemony, post-war America, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and development of 20th century technologies.

Last Modified: 10/23/2007