Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Colleen Mangone (202-225-5301)
- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R, SC) and Representative Gresham Barrett (R, SC-3) today announced that Anderson School District One will receive a grant worth nearly $1 million through the Teaching American History Grant program.
"This is an innovative program that will allow American history teachers to continue their education and hone teaching skills," said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "Professional development for South Carolina's teachers provides a better education for our students."
"This is great news for the teachers and students of Anderson School District One," said Barrett. "It is important that our children learn American history so they can better understand America's place in the world, and better appreciate why we fight so hard to protect the freedoms we enjoy. This program will better enable that to happen."
Anderson School District One will team up with the History Department at Clemson University, Anderson County Historical Society, Anderson County Library, Social Studies Consulting Services, and South Carolina Museum to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of American history.
The Teaching American History Grant program is a discretionary grant program funded under the No Child Left Behind Act. The goal of the program is to support projects that raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history.
The program targets teachers in grades four and five without history credentials for intensive professional development including school-year retreats, summer institutes, peer support, hands-on training and coaching, designing model classrooms, technology support, and after-school student-teacher extension groups. The summer institutes address: the 13 Colonies, American Revolution, Constitution, 18th century Virginia, Civil War, Reconstruction, Western Expansion, Native American experience, Freedom of Expression, World War I, Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, Race and Rights, Role of Anderson County, and major development from WWII to the present.