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Teaching American History in South Carolina: A Statewide Approach to Teacher Professional Development

Richland School District is the lead district on this project involving a consortium of districts encompassing three regions of South Carolina. This project provides professional development for American history teachers within these three regions through the establishment of a three-year series of summer institutes taught by historians. The main goal of the project is to help teachers develop innovative teaching techniques through the use of local primary sources and to connect national history to local and regional events, people and places. A second goal is to create regional networks of teachers who will serve as mentors to other teachers. Partners include the University of South Carolina Public History Program, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, South Carolina State Museum, and South Carolina State Parks system.