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Teaching American History Program 2002-2005. Theme of Citizenship

This long-term professional development plan for all district American history teachers in grades 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11 builds on an existing collaboration with the Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh and strengthens relationships with the Five College Consortium, Springfield Library and Museums, Springfield Armory Museum, University of Massachusetts' History Institute, and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Hall Museum. The project is anchored in 3 3-week summer institutes and 8 workshops during each school year, which explore the concept of citizenship from the Revolutionary era and Constitutional period through the Civil War and Reconstruction, immigration and industrialization, labor struggles, World Wars I and II, to the late 20th century. The approach stresses learner outcomes-demonstrated improvement of student knowledge. Graduate credits are available from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.