An Academy for American History: Constructing the Region, Constructing the Nation
A partnership of the Center for Urban School Consortium in Cleveland, OH, Cleveland State University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Facing History and Ourselves will provide a professional development program for 60 7th-12th grade American history teachers to improve instructional skills, revise history curricula, and guide school-based staff development in teaching traditional U.S. history. Focused on the "inner ring suburbs" of Cleveland, the program uses local historical resources such as the Ohio & Erie Canal to illustrate 19th century industrialism. Other regional sites illustrate the Great Migrations, and citizenship and identity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Site visits also include travel to Charleston, SC to research the heritage of African Americans now settled in Ohio. The project emphasizes effective use of technology. Each participant is required to mentor 3 colleagues, expanding the project to reach 180 teachers.