• History Department Teaching Grant Extended

7/23/2009

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1,000,000 for the extension and enhancement of the Teaching American History grant-funded program conducted by the Suffolk University Department of History and the Tri-City Technology Education Collaborative (TRITEC), encompassing Everett, Malden, and Medford school districts.  Additional school districts and a charter school will participate in phase two of the program, which is confirmed for three years and will be extended for the fourth and fifth pending DOE approval. Phase Two will kick off this August 17-21 with a Teachers' Institute.

The original program, Voices Rising: Assimilation and the American Experience began in 2006 and concluded in spring 2009.  Its goals were to deepen K-12 teachers' knowledge of American history and to foster innovative pedagogy; the latter aimed at the majority of district students who are multilingual and unfamiliar with American civic culture. Each year the history department designed and presented a weeklong Institute during August, which was followed by an eight-week fall seminar series. Visit the department website to learn more about the results of the program. 

“This is great news for all of us, and for the teachers and students in Malden, Medford, Everett, and Revere,” says Bob Allison, history department chair. “We look forward to working with them to revolutionize the teaching of American history.  In the past three years we as history faculty have learned a great deal about our partners in elementary, middle, and high schools and have been energized by their ideas and commitment to getting kids excited about history.  Their projects on the American Revolution, on immigration, on the Middlesex Canal, and on slavery in Medford, have changed the way we think both about history and about education.  It has been a great partnership for all of us, and we look forward to the next phase of this exciting partnership.”

Cindy Fiducia, TRITEC executive director, and Patricia A. Reeve, professor of history at Suffolk, partnered to conceive phase two and write the grant, Becoming America: The Defining Role of Immigration. Allison lent his expertise to program refinement.  The project's scope and content is expansive and will tap the expertise of several faculty members in the history department. Kerri Greenidge, an adjunct in the department, will assist Reeve and Allison by coordinating program delivery.

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