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About the Grant

Historian Brooke Hunter of Rider University describes the expansion and contraction of freedom during the Colonial Era.

The Red Clay and Christina School Districts invite grades 3-12 American history teachers to participate in the Teaching American History Grant’s Freedom Project. The Freedom Project includes partnerships with the University of Delaware’s Center for Teacher Education, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Historical Society of Delaware, and Delaware Public Archives. The goals of the TAH Freedom Project are (1) increased teacher knowledge of American history content and standards, (2) improved instruction in the area of American history, and (3) increased student achievement in the area of American history.

During each of the grant’s three years, the TAH Freedom Project will offer topical seminars, 2 two-day American History workshops, a1 week-long summer institute and field trip for two cohorts of 25 teachers working in professional learning communities to improve American history (Beginnings to Modern America) content knowledge, curriculum, and teaching strategies. The story of freedom in American history will serve as the unifying focus for the entire project. Secondary attention will be paid to student misconceptions about American history and historical thinking. Applicants must agree to fulfill all expectations and participate for a minimum of one year. Preference given to those who teach in the Red Clay and Christina school districts and commit 3 years.

Historians and history education scholars will collaborate with museum partners, instructional experts in history and historical thinking, and noted book authors to provide content, strategies, and resources for teachers. Participants will engage in lesson studies to revise and enhance existing American history lessons.