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American History

Partnered with the James Madison Program at Princeton, the American Institute for History Education, and the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Southern Oregon ESD has successfully obtained a $984,000 federal grant to provide professional development for forty-five 4th through 12th grade teachers in our three-county service area.  See the Mail Tribune article by Paris Achen.  Entitled The Legacy of Freedom, this three-year grant focuses on improving teachers’ knowledge of American history.

Teachers will study the major political, economic, and ideological contrasts found in each of the centuries of American history, as they then create innovative classroom lessons, projects, and activities.  Teachers will work with primary documents and artifacts as well as explore turning points in American history and contemporary interpretations.  Each year our teachers will attend 11 days of workshops, field trips, and summer institutes in Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and Washington, D.C.

This grant addresses the following needs:  coherent and comprehensive professional development from elementary grades through high school,  significant American history content knowledge for our teachers, and assessment tools to measure both teacher and student performance.

For further information contact Joe Peterson, Grant Manager, at (541) 776-6759 or joe_peterson@soesd.k12.or.us




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