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South Georgia History Project

This effort to increase student performance in American history and teacher content knowledge and use of technological and inquiry-based instructional strategies immerses American history teachers in grades 8-11 in graduate courses, workshops and conferences aimed at creating regional Master Teachers of History. The project provides memberships to the Organization of American Historians (OAS), attendance at a national U.S. history conference, creation of a regional history teachers' consortium for ongoing collaboration, and classroom technology offering access to web-based resources. Partners include Valdosta State University's College of Education and Department of History, Okefonokee RESA, U.S. National Archives, Carter Presidential Center, Teachers Curriculum Institute, History Alive! and OAS. Graduate courses focus on the 1877-1921 era of U.S. history, examining social, political, economic and foreign affairs topics. A coordinated secondary education course requires development of lesson plans and activities for classroom application.