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Constructing American Identities in a Pluralistic Society

Partnering with National Center for History Education, Galef Institute, and Loyola Marymount University, the district will work with a core group of 40 5th, 8th, and 11th grade U.S. history teachers. There are four teachers from a K-12 Learning Center, year-round professional development aimed at improving content knowledge and instructional skills. Charged with mentoring 200 additional teachers, the core group will attend 3 annual history institutes, 6 school-year seminars with historians and master teachers, interact with historians, curators, and archivists, receive coaching on "Different Ways of Knowing" teaching strategies, and develop models of teaching American history as a separate academic subject. Other partners include Huntingdon Library, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Content will focus on the Galef Institute's American history module, "Choice, Chance, Change" and Joy Hakim's History of US textbook series covering notable Americans from all walks of life.