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Words That Made America 3

Although the county's 18 districts vary in many ways, all have marked socioeconomic, ethnic and linguistic diversity, and some have large achievement gaps. This project builds on two previous Teaching American History projects to expand the community of highly qualified history teachers in the Berkeley, Calif., area. In addition to scholars, historians and instructional specialists, 10 teachers from a previous project will become mentor-leaders and will help to lead events that will include quarterly release day sessions, after-school workshops, weeklong summer institutes, online discussions and lesson study groups. The cadre of 30 teachers will be selected first from the three partnering districts; if slots remain available, teachers from other districts will be welcome to apply for the 3-year program. An additional 60 teachers will be recruited to participate in a "Meet the Scholars" lecture series. The theme of this project is "Re-Seeing American History: Freedom, Equality and Democracy Reconsidered." Project content will focus on interconnections between national rebuilding and social justice movements. Lesson study will be the mainstay of the instructional approach; as teachers are exposed to advanced scholarship around political, economic and sociocultural developments in the nation’s history, they will create, implement and analyze lessons centered on primary sources. This work will be supported by online discussions in a private area of the project Web site; the public area of the site will provide open access to lesson plans, videos and other products. Participants will also be involved in preparing proposals for conference presentations and articles for professional publications.