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Grantee Name:Richland County School District One, SC
Project Name:The Vertical Immersion Project
Project Director:Jane Eason
Number of Teachers Served:48
Number of School Districts Served:1
Number of Students Served:No Information Available
Grade Levels:4, 5, 8, and 11
Partners:University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Topics:Year 1, The Course of American Democracy; Year 2, The Growth and Expansion of America; Showcase of Teaching Units
Methods:Graduate credit, summer institutes, vertical teams is

The immersion approach of this Teaching American History project is embedded in its design. Participating teachers will be placed in triads mixing elementary, middle, and secondary teachers, and immersed in subject matter through travel-study and classroom activities. The program enables participants to become productive learning teams in which they plan, design, research, evaluate, and prepare teaching materials together. In addition to 112 technologically driven instructional units for participating teachers-slated to become "teacher historians-professional development opportunities will be available for non-participants. Course content following traditional NAEP periods is presented during the first two years, including: beginnings to 1607; colonization and settlement to 1763; the Revolution and the new nation, to 1815; expansion and reform, to 1861; the Civil War and Reconstruction, to 1877; the development of modern America, to 1820; the two world wars, to 1945; and contemporary America, to the present.

Grantee Name:Richland School District 2, SC
Project Name:Teaching American History in South Carolina: A Statewide Approach to Teacher Professional Development, Phase 3
Project Director:Mary Paige Boyce
Number of Teachers Served:180
Number of School Districts Served:7
Number of Students Served:No Information Available
Grade Levels:4, 5, 8, and 11
Partners:South Carolina Department of Archives and History, South Carolina State Museum, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina
Topics:Year 1, Exploration and Settlement through the Civil War, to 1865; Year 2, Reconstruction to the post-Cold War; Year 3, U.S. history and the Constitution
Methods:Summer institutes, mentoring, benchmark meetings, mid-year retreat

Sixty teachers a year will take part in this third TAH program for teachers in South Carolina to increase educators' knowledge of and student achievement in traditional American history and to improve collaboration among teachers, historians, and cultural institutions. Partnerships and mentoring networks created by the grant will foster continued support of teacher development throughout the Pee Dee, Midlands, and Upstate regions. Previous TAH participants can only take part in this effort if they are serving in a leadership-master teacher-role. Three ten-day summer institutes, providing 60 hours of professional development, will take place each year, one in each region. Each includes 30 hours of content instruction, 15 hours of methods training, and 15 hours of cultural institution collaboration. Research, pedagogical help, networking and other support are components of post-institute assistance to teachers. The content covers, among, other topics: Reconstruction, changes from the plantation system to sharecropping, impacts of the 1876 election, Populism, westward migration/conflict with Native Americans, the "robber barons," late 19th and early 20th century race relations, the Spanish-American War and Panama Canal, Woodrow Wilson and World War I, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, the Civil Rights Movement, 20th century presidents, the Cold War, the importance of the Middle East, the Red Scare, and women's rights.

Grantee Name:Spartanburg District One Schools, SC
Project Name:Teaching American History: Right Under Our Feet
Project Director:Mary Ann Brockman
Number of Teachers Served:302
Number of School Districts Served:7
Number of Students Served:41,488
Grade Levels:4, 5, 8, and 11
Partners:Furman University, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Cherokee Indian Museum, Cowpens National Battlefield, Greenville American Legion War Museum, Inman Riverdale Foundation, King's Mountain National Park, Musgrove Mill State Park, Pacolet Municipality, Pickens County Cultural Commission, Rose Hill Plantation, South Carolina State Museum, Spartanburg Historical Association, Union County History Museum
Topics:A New World and New Nation (to 1815); The Expansion of the Nation and Civil War (1815-1876); Modern America at Home and Abroad (1877-present)
Methods:Graduate courses, summer institutes, workshop series, field studies, National History Day

The central activity of this professional development project will be to develop a curriculum map in American history for Consortium teachers. The Consortium will recruit a corps of master teachers from each district elementary, middle and high school to develop the curriculum map in Year 1, and conduct implementation training sessions. In Year 2, teacher teams will engage in field study sessions at partner sites. Year 3 calls for teachers to test partner sites with students in grades 4, 5, 8, and 11. Topics will be explored in terms of: civilization, cultural diffusion and innovation, interaction with the environment, values, beliefs, political ideas and institutions, conflict and cooperation, comparative history of major developments, and patterns of social and political interaction. Content covers land and people before colonization, expansion of Europe and the Spanish Empire, life in English America, British regulations, the war for independence, Federalists and Jefferson, the War of 1812, nationalism and sectionalism, the Jackson era, westward movement, the old South, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the new South and new West, industrialization and labor, urban culture, farmers' revolt, empire and progressive reform, the Great War, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights and the 60s, and Conservative reaction.

Last Modified: 10/24/2007