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Our Story: A Place-Based Approach to the Teaching of Traditional American History

The lead agency and its 7 Regional Career Academies, the Englewood K-12 and Garfield K-12 school districts, and Englewood Career Academies will partner with New Jersey Historical Society, Bergen County Historical Society, America Labor Museum/Botto House, and Garfield Historical Society to offer 4-week summer institutes, 2 all-day workshops per year, a statewide American history teaching conference, and a website and listserv to encourage professional networks and resource sharing. The project includes mentoring team teaching, lesson development, historic site visits, and release time and funding to support professional development activities for American history teachers after normal work hours. Based on a "participatory research" approach and in accordance with state standards, the curriculum covers: Colonial Period to 1763, Revolution and Early National Period to 1820, Civil War and Reconstruction to 1870, Industrial America and the World Wars to 1945, the Modern Age, and state and regional history.

 
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