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Wyoming 2008 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Teton County School District #1
Project Name:Greater Yellowstone American History Project (GYAHP)
Project Director:Pier Trudelle
Number of Teachers Served:75
Number of School Districts Served:14
Number of Students Served:28,000
Grade Levels:Grades K-12
Partners:Adams State College, Central Wyoming College, University of Wyoming (UW), Jackson Hole Historic Society, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Wyoming State Archives, National Archives and Records Administration, American History Cowboy Coalition
Topics:Year 1: The West; Year 2: U.S. Presidents; Year 3, U.S. in the world community
Methods:Summer institutes, workshops, online courses, field studies

Wyoming is home to about 85,000 school-age students attending schools in 48 districts. The state's large geographic size, sparse population density, and long harsh winters provided a frontier utopia for many people throughout American history. But, for the 21st Century Wyoming history teacher, it means professional isolation. Most Wyoming educators are several hours away from needed professional development opportunities and resources that would support high quality, content-rich, and engaging history education in their classes. This collaborative project will extend the streamlined, successful TCSD1 TAH model - the Greater Yellowstone American History Project (GYAHP) - to history educators isolated throughout the region in the 14 small, rural school districts and two Teton County private schools. The project will demonstrate to teachers how to uncover clues to the past by looking at evidence left by the people involved and then utilize secondary sources. The project will also show teachers how to guide their students through the historical investigation process. In addition, the project will also provide teachers with opportunities to visit and use the local and national archives. Course content will include the following: Manifest Destiny, the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill's West, the role of women, American Indian and settler interactions, the Executive Branch throughout U.S. history, U.S. foreign policy, and National Parks, among other topics.

Last Modified: 08/06/2008