The American Democracy in Word and Deed Teaching American History Grant was awarded to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in July 2009. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the district this prestigious five-year grant to continue the work begun with a similar grant that ended in 2010.
Goal for the grant: This grant aims to increase student academic literacy skills and their understanding and appreciation of American history. This grant particularly aims to support the particular needs of underperforming and English learner students.
Goals for professional
development: The district is partnering with the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, which trains teachers throughout the Bay Area in Academic Literacy Skills. Through this grant, Mt. Diablo Unified teachers at grades 4, 5, 8, and 11 are receiving professional development trainings in the literacy strategies and are being supported to create and implement lessons embedded with the reading and writing strategies.
The UC Berkeley History Department is involved directly in this grant; UC Berkeley professors provide history content lectures for the teachers and PhD. Candidates support teachers by providing talks on Historical Thinking Skills and by researching primary sources applicable for teacher classroom lessons.
From 2009-2014, this Teaching American History Grant hopes to serve 50 teachers within Mt. Diablo Unified School District.
Please visit our Lessons page to see the grant developed classroom lessons and for more information, contact our Grant Coordinator, Lauren Weaver, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 643-0897 email@example.com.
Grant Teacher Benefits:
- Teachers earn an $800 Stipend for attending a 5-day Summer Institute, August 8-12, 2011
- Professor Lectures on 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th grade History Content from UC Berkeley Professors (The UC Berkeley History Department recently earned the #1 ranking in the Nation!)
- Professional Development Workshops on reading and writing strategies as well as historical thinking strategies
- Lesson Planning and Curriculum Development Time
- Materials, including units and 1-day lessons with grant strategies, for your classroom
- Collaboration Time to discuss lectures, lessons & student work
- Ongoing Stipends & Site Release Time for grant work and meetings
- Classroom support with lesson demonstrations of grant reading and writing strategies & lesson observations of grant lessons
- UC Berkeley History Department Graduate Student research support for lesson development, including help locating age-appropriate primary source
- Three Semester Credits per year offered for a low cost through the UCB Extension School
- Food and drink provided for teachers at all meetings and events
For more information
about the second Teaching American
History Grant , contact:
Lauren Weaver, Grant