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Southwest Michigan Consortium on Teaching American History

In an effort to expose high school American History teachers, particularly those uncertified or untenured, to intensive professional development on practicing history as a discipline, a consortium was created of Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Western Michigan University History Department, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Project components include analysis of student American History performance by historians and teachers, teacher participation in a seven-day intensive summer institute to improve content knowledge, use of artifacts, and instructional skills, follow up professional development sessions with historians, and evaluation of project impact. Content covers: meeting of three worlds, colonization and settlement, revolution and the new nation, expansion and reform, the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrial U.S., emergence of modern America, the Great Depression, World War II, Post-War U.S., and contemporary U.S.