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Making American History Tangible: A Professional Development Project of the Southeastern Massachusetts Teaching American History

This professional development project will enable American history teachers in grades 5-12 to provide a more content-driven and research-based curriculum. The Consortium of 11 school districts will partner with Bristol Community College, historians, curators and researchers in addition to receiving support from Brown University's Education Alliance. Convocations, a summer institute, colloquia, and intensive research-based seminars will combine content knowledge with training on new instructional modules. Additional assistance includes an interactive website, professional/graduate credits, and collaboration among teachers and history learning specialists. The project addresses subjects identified as needs in a teacher survey: the labor movement, imperial presidency, the garrison state, inter-war years and the Depression, industrialization and immigration with a focus on southeastern Massachusetts, and current events. Colloquia cover constitutionalism and principles of democracy, isolationism and internationalism, federalism, civil rights, civil liberties and human rights, memory and history, and key historical biographies.