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The Bridge Town Liberty Fellowship

In this southeastern New Jersey district, nearly 30 percent of the population lives in poverty and all seven of Bridgeton's schools have been identified as in need of improvement. Fellows will participate in 2-day fall and winter colloquia, a day of CICERO training, 2 half-days of research and review, and a 3-day summer institute each year. In addition, they will attend 12 live evening videoconferences presented by historians and teachers from across the country. Every fellow will be expected to develop one classroom lesson or activity each year. In addition, five experienced teachers will be recruited for training as content specialists; they will assist project staff with coaching and mentoring and will eventually provide professional development to teachers outside of the project. Participants will work with scholars and historians to research history, write historical narratives, create substantive lessons and generate Web-based history activities; these will be peer-reviewed on the wiki section of the project Web site. Fellows will learn to use binary Paideia and the Teaching History Frameworks, plus resources from CICERO, the History Channel, SojournerHistory and other sources. Fellows who complete requirements will be eligible for graduate credits. Project partners have agreed to sustain activities beyond the grant period through chat rooms, videoconferencing, "Talking History" and bulletin boards. The project will publish a compilation of its events, materials and fellows' work on a Web site, through which they will be available for training other teachers.