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New York City Teaching American History Grant

This New York City consortium involves schools in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn that serve ethnically diverse and predominately inner-city, low-income students—72 percent qualify for reduced-price meals, and 14 percent receive special education courses. Only 75 percent of the consortium's schools are meeting Adequate Yearly Progress goals. The project will feature rigorous coursework, methods instruction, monthly reviews of student achievement and classroom practices, and classroom observations and lesson modeling. Each year, the project activities will include (1) nine full-day in-service training sessions at Columbia University, St. John's University and historic sites, featuring content lectures and guidance on pedagogy training, technology integration, differentiated instruction and student evaluation and instruction; (2) two after-school meetings per month, focusing on the preparation of pretests and posttests and content-related teaching materials; and (3) a summer institute to review earlier training materials and develop lesson plans and classroom-ready resources. Each cohort of 50 teachers will receive one year of professional development; the following year, this cohort will continue to attend monthly meetings, give pretests and posttests to students, and provide support to the next cohort. Each year, the project teachers will read eight books and numerous articles and learn to apply primary sources, artifacts, first-hand accounts, illustrations and site visits to classroom practice. Teacher-developed materials will be posted on two Web sites that reach local, statewide and national audiences.