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Alaska 2008 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Anchorage School District, AK
Project Name:Alaska Network for Understanding American History (ANUAH)
Project Director:Steve Ex
Number of Teachers Served:120
Number of School Districts Served:6
Number of Students Served:56,000
Grade Levels:Grades 5-12
Partners:Alaska Staff Development Network, University of Alaska-Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, WGBH-Boston Public Broadcasting, National Archives and Records Administration-Alaska Pacific Region, University of Alaska Geography Program
Topics:Year 1, The American Founding; Year 2, Egalitarianism and Evolving Democracy; Year 3, Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity in America
Methods:Onsite and distance-delivered education activities, graduate-level history courses, summer institutes, and workshops

"Alaska Network for Understanding American History (ANUAH)" will blend live and distance-delivered credit courses designed to increase individual teacher history content knowledge and use of best practices with group collaborative activities. Courses will build statewide capacity to aid Alaska's teachers to become highly qualified, increase their content mastery, improve their classroom practices, and grow to become peer leaders. Primary components of the project are a five-year series of credit courses, culminating summer institutes, advanced-level graduate courses, frequent interaction with local and national scholars and experts, an established professional "Community of Practice," an emphasis on accessing primary sources, and National History Day student projects. Teachers in the ANUAH project will progress through four professional development phases: Phase I-Affiliate, which serves as an introduction; Phase II-Full Members, where teachers earn graduate credit in American history, practice effective pedagogy learned in seminars and workshops, and work individually on Teacher Inquiry Projects (TIP); Phase III-Collaborative Members, achieved upon completion of one credit course and one individual TIP; and Phase IV-Master Teacher, for teachers who are willing to initiate and facilitate collaboration activities across the network. Course content will explore the chronology and philosophy of the American Revolution, Constitutional legacies, the Declaration of Independence, the meaning of democracy, American slavery, abolition and women's rights, the Monroe Doctrine, the crisis of world leadership, the American West, and Alaska statehood.

Last Modified: 08/06/2008