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Citadel News Service
14 Sep 2009

History to continue partnership with Berkeley County schools

Reprinted with permission of the Berekeley County School District

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a second Teaching American History Grant, titled Foundations of American History, to the Berkeley County School District. The over-all grant program is designed to improve US History instruction in elementary and secondary schools by improving teachers’ content knowledge. The new $936,000 award will focus on kindergarten through fifth grade teachers. The previous grant was awarded to provide training for secondary teachers.

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“We can’t over emphasize what a boost the receipt of this grant is to our instructional program,” said Archie Franchini, Berkeley County School District chief academic officer. “Our area is certainly rich in history and, thanks to the opportunities teachers will have through this continuing program, students will benefit tremendously.”

The first TAH grant allowed Berkeley County teachers to earn 243 graduate hours in history. In addition to graduate classes many teachers earned recertification points by attending evening workshops and participating in Saturday field trip to local historical sites.

The Citadel will maintain its partnership with BCSD established through the initial grant, and will serve as the primary higher education partner for the new grant. The new Foundation of American History grant also partners with Charleston Southern University as well as other historic organizations, including the Avery Research Institute, Berkeley County Museum and Old Santee Canal Park, the Charleston Museum, the Gibbs Museum of Art, the National Park Service, the Old Exchange Building, Patriots’ Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Drayton Hall, and the South Carolina Historical Society.

“The Teaching American History grants are highly competitive," said Bo Moore, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Citadel. "The awarding of a second grant to the same team of educators is an extraordinary expression of confidence in the past work completed by the Berkeley County School District and its higher education partner, The Citadel's Department of History."

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