Teaching American History

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Freedom Moves West


Freedom Moves West: The Pacific Northwest in American History is an educational partnership involving Educational Service District 101 (ESD 101), Central Valley School District (CVSD), Eastern Washington University’s Living History Institute for Teaching American History (EWU), Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Pacific Alaska Region, Washington State Digital Archives, and a host of local teachers and students. Among the strengths of the project:
• History content is the focus, and seminars will integrate local, regional, and national history.
• History of cooperation among the project partners.
• Broad impact: The project will involve 60 teachers in year-long graduate seminars, 100-200 in in-service workshops, and 300 pre-service teachers in summer courses and workshops.
• Demonstrated need: This project is in response to new state history requirements.
• Teachers will have hands-on lessons with primary and archival documents and pedagogy.
• Many of the sessions will take place in archives, at the MAC or on field trips.
• Objective evaluation plan administered by experienced and independent evaluators.
• Evaluation of student as well as teacher progress in learning American history.
• Follow-up visits and support to teacher classrooms to ensure that the new lessons are used.
• Distribution plan will ensure wide use of the new teaching materials.
The project goals are: (1) Eastern Washington teachers will have the skills and knowledge to effectively teach American history; and (2) Eastern Washington educational and historical organizations will have increased capacity for continued, sustainable improvement in history instruction, and (3) students in the classrooms of participating teachers will exhibit an increased understanding and enthusiasm for American history.