Relevant Experiences for American History Learners (REAL)
REAL partners the district with Orange County Regional History Center, Florida Humanities Council Center for Teacher Education, University of Central Florida's College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences, History Alive! Teacher Curriculum Institute, Williamsburg Teacher Institute, and Performance Learning Systems in a professional development program for 30 5th grade teachers and all 90 district 8th grade American history teachers. Aimed at giving participants opportunities to learn pedagogical strategies, build content knowledge, develop mentor/coaching skills, fostering development of a professional network, and supporting the district's K-12 literacy initiative, REAL includes summer institutes, day-long seminars, mentoring instruction, an 8-part primary source workshop, technology training, and literacy training. Content will address needs expressed by teachers: the Constitution, Cold War, colonial America, Civil War, and 1890-1920 U.S. history. Seminar topics may cover the civil rights movement, World War II in Florida, democracy in Florida.