Teaching American History

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Tennessee 2007 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Williamson County School District, TN
Project Name:Teaching a Tapestry of American History
Project Director:Kate Donnelley
Number of Teachers Served:540
Number of School Districts Served:2
Number of Students Served:No Information Available
Grade Levels:4, 5, 8, and high school
Partners:Vanderbilt University's Department of History and Peabody College of Education, Stanford University, Tennessee State Archives, National Archives-Southeast Division, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of History, the Smithsonian Institution
Topics:Three Worlds Meet: Beginnings to 1620; Colonization and Settlement, Revolution and the New Nation; Expansion and Reform; Civil War and Reconstruction, the Industrial Era and Emergence of Modern America; the Great Depression and World War II; contemporary history
Methods:Graduate credit, stipends, summer institutes, mini-institutes, website, historic sites, workshops

Each partner in this consortium will weave a strand into the project tapestry-designed to build the content knowledge of 30 American history teachers annually in a cohort model and 150 annually in an enrichment model. A three-pronged recruitment approach to teachers in 19 "high priority" schools aims to ensure strong participation. Cohort teachers will receive 90 hours of instruction per year through institutes and classroom support. All teachers will be eligible to participate in Stanford University's "Historical Thinking Matters," History Alive, "Facing History," and National History Day, as well as workshops in partnership with the First Amendment Center. Teachers in grades 4 and 8 studying early Americans will investigate Native American ruins at an archeological dig, migration patterns dealing with settlement, and sites and personalities relevant to the American Revolution. Teachers in grades 5 and 11 will study the Civil War at battle sites, the Mississippi River's influence on industrialization, the Great Depression, Roosevelt's presidency, and the impact of World War II on contemporary history.

Last Modified: 07/23/2008