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Teaching American History in Baltimore City Public School System

The district in partnership with the Center for History Education (CHE) at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, National Council for History Education (NCHE), Maryland State Archives, Martha Ross Center for History Education, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and Maryland Public Television, will implement a comprehensive professional development program for American history teachers from the system's nine lowest performing high schools and the 35 middle schools and 45 elementary schools that serve as their feeders. The program will consist of in-service winter colloquia; intensive graduate-level CHE summer institutes; in-service follow-up workshops to discuss teacher experiences and evaluate the success of the program; and continuous access to teaching specialists and historians. Maryland Public Television will be the main vehicle for national dissemination of the work- products by posting over 300 lesson plans developed by the teachers. Historical content will include Revolutionary America, women in 19th and early 20th century American history, and the Depression and war years.