The target population is third through eighth grade social studies teachers. The “Five Star Liberty Fellowship” is open to teachers in Gallia, Jackson, Vinton, Meigs and Lawrence counties. A total of 40 teachers within the five county areas will be accepted to participate each year.
The Fellowship will investigate traditional American history in a systematic, chronological and thematic fashion, as part of the Binary Paideia approach to teaching history. Teachers will receive instruction in the use of primary sources, the study of historical events, issues, personalities, turning points and interpretations of events by coeval contemporaries, along with the study of modern historiographies.
The content will be structured as follows:
• Year 1 — The Empire vs. the Colonies (Ideological roots and precedents that formed colonial America)
• Year 2 — From Unity to Division: the Agrarian South and the Industrial North (Events, personalities, and issues behind the great turning points in American history)
• Year 3 — From Division to Unity: War, Reconstruction and World Power (Contrast between cultures of the South with that of the North—mending a brutal separation)
Classes will be held on the University of Rio Grande campus on Nov. 4 and 5, Jan. 25 and 26, and May 5 and 6. A national study tour is being planned for June 14-18, 2010.
Teachers can expect the “Five Star Liberty Fellowship” to be a high quality professional development program. Highlights of the program include:
• Instruction provided by national historians, scholars, and master teachers.
• Partnerships with nationally acclaimed institutes and destinations.
• Discussions with premier historians and scholars via videoconferencing.
• Opportunities to research in prominent archives.
• Free access to CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™.
• Participation in IRIS Classroom Observation System.
• Master teacher in social studies to visit local classrooms.
“We are delighted to be able to provide this type of high quality professional development to social studies teachers in our region. The American Institute for History Education has an outstanding record of working with the Teaching American History grant programs. Based on the results of the first three years, the U.S. Department of Education may elect to extend the grant for a fourth and fifth year and add an additional $332,000 to the original grant,” said Dr. Denise Shockley, ESC Superintendent.
Questions concerning the program should be directed to Shockley or Jane Ann Slagle, master social studies teacher, at Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center, P.O. Box 178, Rio Grande, OH 45674, by calling (740) 245-0593 or by e-mail at email@example.com.