Murray Announces Nearly $750,000 for Spokane ESD 101

Oct 01 2002

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $745,311 for Educational Service District 101 (ESD 101) to promote the teaching of American History. 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 know the importance of engaging educators in the pursuit of learning," Senator Murray said. "By providing Spokane 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 101 will implement a project called Pathways to History: From Local Perspectives to National Understanding, which will partner the seven-county rural district with Eastern Washington University's (EWU) Living History Institute for Teaching American History and Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

The partnership will provide workshops, distance learning, and on-campus study for 140 local teachers. The project builds instructional skills, encourages study of U.S. history as a lifelong pursuit, provides access to websites and museum collections, and increases the use of artifacts in history education.

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