Teaching American History - The Enduring Legacy of the American Revolution: Liberty Freedom and Equality


Program Summary


Liberty, freedom and equality are central values which have continually shaped the United States. By comparing and contrasting the American, French and Haitian revolutions, teachers will develop a deeper background, understanding and appreciation of these cardinal values. Study of three key turning points in American history: a.) American Revolution; b.) abolition and womenís movement; c.) movement for equality, will demonstrate how this idealized legacy, with which America is so universally identified and often held accountable, continues to provide a vision and framework to its citizens and to the world.

2007-2008 Session: 18th Century Heroes of Liberty - The American Revolution

2008-2009 Session: 19th Century Heroes of Freedom - Abolition Movement and Women's Rights Movement

2009-2010 Session: 20th Century Heroes of Equality - Labor Movement, Women's Movement and Civil Rights Movement

Special Presentations - Outreach

K-12 teachers serving over 53,334 students in six western counties of Vermont - a state that ranks 45th in the nation for states with the fewest numbers of students who go on to higher education.

Using primary documents, biographies and multi-layered instruction, this three year program will serve 40 teachers each year plus control groups, 80 teachers total in 6 counties (3 ESAs), with a special focus on recruiting teachers from schools that have been identified for improvement or corrective action.

Raise student achievement by enlarging and enhancing teachersí background and understanding of traditional American history, in particular the heroes of both genders in the 18th, 19th,and 20th centuries who have enhanced liberty, freedom and equality.

Improve teacher practice and student success in the participating schools through visiting scholars, summer seminars, field trips, book discussions, teacher-participant support teams (which include experienced teachers, curriculum developers, and mentor teachers in the field) and shared projects that will be disseminated on the web to a wider local and national audience. Facilitate the update and revision of the American history curriculum in the teacher-participantsí schools using a multi-discipline approach, innovative instruction methods and improved resource materials.

Outcomes and Contributions:
Teacher support teams (which include district curriculum developers), teacher-participants and mentors will apply and share their knowledge, leading to further development of an expanding history/social studies network working to improve teacher practices and enrich the American history curriculum throughout the state. Forty mini-libraries will be established; encouraging interaction and cooperation on a regional basis. Castleton State College will continue to upgrade both its primary source document collection and its professional education resource material to benefit the regionís students. This influx of fresh teaching methods and resource materials will benefit students for years to come.

Resources for Teachers
Provided by this grant and the previous Teaching American History Grant
Books, Lesson Plans, Teaching Projects, Presentations and more...

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