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Preparing Our Future by Tracing the Past

This professional development effort designed to boost student achievement in American history and increase teacher knowledge, confidence, teaching skills, and classroom management-will provide U.S. history teachers in grades 5-7 and 10-12 with staff development, experiential learning, and professional collaboration. Partners include Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Athens State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of North Alabama, and the American Village, a living history museum. Participants will make extended trips to sites illustrating historical periods and develop lessons based on visits. Site-based content addresses: the beginning of American history; war, death, and the gateway to the West; and Virginia's historic triangle to the heart of the nation.