About the Project

Teaching with Collaborative Teams:

This three-year project supported by a US Dept of Education Teaching American History grant brings together teachers from elementary, secondary, middle and college levels and curriculum developers with an Advisory Board public historians and public school administrators  to deepen the participants' knowledge and appreciation of American history. Following the guidelines of the Bradley Commission on History and the National Council for History Education (NCHE), this project will work to enhance American history content in our schools through focused professional development workshops, book discussions, books for the classroom, seminars, outreach programs and financial support to attend local professional conferences.

More Information:

The Need for History Education

Project Leaders

Advisory Board

Project Evaluation Plan

Project Evaluation Team

2007-2008 Session

2008-2009 Session

2009 - 2010 Session

Outreach Program

This Program Serves:

K-12 teachers in western Vermont (Bennington, Rutland, Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle, and Franklin counties) and upstate New York (Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties).

Castleton State College has been designated by the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees as the lead institution in teacher preparation and professional development for K-12 educators. Through this program, Castleton State College will serve as a model for an active network of K-16 educators dedicated to learning about and teaching history.  Thus, this grant can have a significant impact throughout the entire state and serve as a model for improving the teaching of history statewide.

Mission & Goals

  • Increase awareness of American History
  • Promote communication among all those who support history education
  • Enlarge and enhance teachers' background and understanding of American history 
  • Update and revise the American history curriculum
  • Improve teacher practice and student success in American history 
  • Create a conduit for important resource materials  

Consortium Members:

A consortium of the nine local educational agencies represented by the Southwest Vermont Superintendents' Association in conjunction with Castleton State College and the three Educational Service Agencies (ESAs) of western Vermont help provide guidance for this program.

Castleton State College
Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union
Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union
Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union
Rutland Central Supervisory Union
Rutland City Supervisory Union
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
Rutland South Supervisory Union
Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Christ the King School (Rutland)


Area historical organizations including:

Vermont Marble Museum
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Slate Valley Museum 
(Granville, N.Y.)
Vermont State Historic Sites at
Mount Independence and Hubbardton

Vermont Historical societies in:

Middletown Springs

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