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American Legacies: Revitalizing American History in Our Public Schools

The LEA will serve as the center of an intensive professional development program in American history content and pedagogy for 4th -12th teachers-"American History Fellows"-in an 8-county region. Fellows receive more than 94 hours per year of organized contact with project partners, including the Kentucky Historical Society, University of Kentucky, Department of Education, Kentucky Heritage Council and Kentucky Virtual University. Independent study courses, seminars, in-class support from master teachers and specialists, and summer institutes, are supplemented by an annual team project to develop teaching units for statewide distribution. The American Legacy curriculum focuses on events and ideas within the themes of "Shifting Frontiers," "Democracy and Conflict," and "Industrialization and Reform."