Teaching American History
Clovis Unified School District's project will train Fresno County American History teachers to become content experts in the teaching of American History. The project will bring together 60 5th, 8th and 11th grade teachers from 187 schools in 33 school districts in Fresno County, primarily from high poverty, rural areas. Through a series of collaborative sessions with history experts, teachers receive training in content knowledge and best teaching practices to create standards-based units of learning and raise student achievement and appreciation of American History. Teachers will participate in a four-day summer immersion program, "American History Camp," and six scheduled sessions during the school year covering topics ranging from the Civil War to World War II. Sample activities to enhance teacher American History knowledge include field trips to the Fresno Historical Society-Civil War Reenactment and participation in the National WWII-VFW-National Archives Oral History Project. Clovis Unified School District has established partnerships with Fresno Pacific University, California Department of Education, Library of Congress, Fresno County Office of Education, and Microsoft to provide the content and application expertise required to meet their project goals.