Teaching American History

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Maryland 2007 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Baltimore City Public School System, MD
Project Name:Teaching American History in Authentic Baltimore
Project Director:Kevin Jenkins
Number of Teachers Served:90
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:No Information Available
Grade Levels:K-12
Partners:The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Towson University, the Baltimore City Heritage Area, and the Greater Baltimore History Alliance
Topics:Urban history, movement of people, commerce, and ideas, expansion of democratic ideals and diversity
Methods:Summer institutes, workshops, historic sites

This project seeks to help promising teachers become content experts and skilled professional developers in traditional American history; develop a lasting partnership between the school system and nearly 50 local museums and historic sites; and integrate exemplary American History lesson plans and professional development sessions into the school system's existing infrastructure. In addition to the 90 teachers selected to be content leaders, the project will train 240 teachers at Baltimore's museums and historic sites and provide more than 500 elementary, middle, and high school teachers with access to primary source-based lesson plans for the district's American History curriculum. Under the thematic umbrella of "Urban History," content covers the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence and Constitution, early national period, the War of 1812, early days of the Civil War, industrialization and immigration of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the great migration of African Americans to northern cities.

Last Modified: 10/23/2007