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Murray Announces Nearly $1 Million for Vancouver ESD 112

Oct 02 2002

Federal grants will support the teaching of American History in Vancouver schools

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $994,611 for Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) to promote the teaching of American History in Vancouver schools. Awarded under the Department of Education's Teaching American History Grants program, the funds will support programs to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American History.

"As a former teacher, I understand the importance of engaging educators in the pursuit of learning," Senator Murray said. "By providing Vancouver teachers with the skills and tools necessary to bring history lessons to life, we can ensure that our children develop a greater appreciation for our country's vibrant past."

ESD 112 will implement a project called Engaging the American Past, which will allow 264 teachers from at least 80 schools to attend summer institutes and evening seminars to learn how to introduce historical content, interpretation methods, and new teaching strategies into their classrooms. An additional 480 local teachers will receive training and mentoring, participate in colloquia, and use project materials.

Washington State University-Vancouver, Vancouver School District, Vancouver National Historic Reserve, and the Center for Columbia River History are partnering with ESD 112 to provide sustained staff development in the topic of "Becoming American in the Pacific Northwest."

The subject matter of this program will range from the Lewis and Clark expedition and movement of African-Americans from the south during World War II, to contemporary immigration from East Asia and Latin America.

The goal of the Teaching American History grants program is to demonstrate that school districts and institutions with expertise in American History, such as WSU-Vancouver, can collaborate to ensure that teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to teach traditional American History in an exciting and engaging manner.