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History LINK: Learning and Integrating New Knowledge

Durham and Franklin County Public Schools in North Carolina are teaming to deliver History LINK, a program of professional development that will target high school history teachers in nine schools that did not achieve Adequate Yearly Progress in 2008. Each year, participating teachers will attend 2-week summer institutes (to consist of a weeklong on-site history experience with a partner institution and a weeklong curriculum design seminar) as well as monthly seminars led by historians. Throughout the year, teachers will develop curriculum units and instructional materials that incorporate primary documents and technology. Up to 90 teachers (three cohorts of 30 teachers) will participate. The instructional emphasis will be on document-based questioning, using online primary sources for historical research, and incorporating interactive technology tools. Program leaders will hold follow-up meetings with teachers to support implementation of curriculum units developed during the program. These units may include teacher-developed virtual field trips, digital documentaries, and technology-facilitated interactions between students and historians.