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Grantee Name:Anderson Community School Corporation, IN
Project Name:Central Indiana Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:JoDean Washington
Number of Teachers Served:90
Number of School Districts Served:6
Number of Students Served:20,000
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:Madison County Historical Society, American Institute of Historians and History Educators, the Bill of Rights Institute, Civil War Society, Anodyne Professional Development Systems, and American Institute for History Education
Topics:Colonial life, the American Revolution, the Constitutional-Federalist Years, the Civil War, the Great War and Wilsonian Internationalism, the Cold War and the War on Terror
Methods:Summer institutes, school-year colloquia, master teachers, field trips, readings

While 90 teachers in this consortium will be directly affected by this professional development project in American history, a larger number will be influenced by the replication of project workshops in participants' districts. This project capitalizes on the rich ancient history of Madison County. While designing innovative American history unit-lessons, participating Fellows will research the major political, economic, and ideological contrasts of U.S. history as well as investigate events, primary documents, personalities, and turning points.

Grantee Name:Southwest Dubois County School Corporation, IN
Project Name:The Living History Liberty Fellowship
Project Director:J. Scott Turney
Number of Teachers Served:99
Number of School Districts Served:33
Number of Students Served:53,984
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:Vincennes University, Indiana University, American Institute for History Education, Anodyne Professional Development Systems, Bill of Rights Institute, Civil War Society, Connor Prairie
Topics:Year 1, the Empire vs. the colonies, Year 2, the agrarian South and the industrializing North, Year 3, liberal democracy vs. totalitarianism
Methods:Colloquia, summer institutes, field trips

"The Living History Liberty Fellowship" will emphasize first-person interpretations of American history to provide participating teachers with a lively tool for engaging students. Fellows will gain a deep understanding of history by investigating the backgrounds, philosophies, and events surrounding individual historic characters well enough to portray these characters and share perspectives of their time periods.

Last Modified: 10/23/2007