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American Heritage Academy Teaching American History Grant Program

Opelika City Schools is partnering with Auburn City Schools, Auburn University and the Museum of East Alabama to establish the "American Heritage Academy" to serve 102 teachers of Alabama State History, U.S. History and U.S. Government and Economics within the Opelika and Auburn school districts. The Academy will be a "learning network" bringing together local and national experts in two main areas: content knowledge to increase teacher's knowledge of American History; and pedagogical knowledge and methods for making American History exciting and engaging for the more than 7,400 students served. Teachers will participate in a series of professional development workshops and trips based upon Best Practice Standards that support the Alabama Core Curriculum. These workshops and trips will be led by American History and Education professors, master K-12 teachers, and local historians whose expertise range from the fields of 20th Century U.S. History and Southern History to the Civil Rights Movement and African American History. Teacher participants will be given a wide array of educational materials, support services including a program website, and peer mentoring opportunities to enhance their learning experience.