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Project Impact

The Starkville Public School District is the primary district for Project Impact, a collaborative effort that includes eight other school districts in Northeast Mississippi. The historical content partner for the project is the Mississippi State University Department of History. The project's centerpiece is the completion of a Master of Arts degree by a cadre of 30 middle and high school teachers to make them scholars of history. The cadre will disseminate their increased content knowledge available to other teachers through mentoring and coaching, district curriculum teams, and study groups at each teacher's school. The period survey courses they will study will include the interwoven social, political, economic, and geographic changes in U. S. history. The courses will emphasize the great ideas, turning points, critical issues, and key individuals of American History. Colloquia will provide each teacher in-depth study of themes, events, individuals, and topics.