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Teaching American History Summer Institute to include Atlanta trip, graduate credit

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Area social studies teachers can earn a stipend, six hours of graduate credit and continuing learning units, and spend a week doing research in Atlanta through a summer institute being offered at Southeastern Louisiana University. 
     The institute is sponsored by the Teaching American History grant program, announced William Robison, head of Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science.
Faculty from Southeastern and guest lecturers from other institutions will lead the program, titled “The Content of Our Character: Domestic Issues, Foreign Policy, and Popular Culture in Post-War America, 1945-2009. The program will be held June 14-25 and July 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southeastern. On July 5-9, participants will travel to Atlanta. 
     “The group will tour the area, visit the King Center dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr. and do research in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum,” Robison said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our area social studies teachers to gain tremendous insight that they can bring back to their students and immediately employ in their teaching.”
     Expenses for the trip are covered by the grant. Participants will also receive a stipend of $1,200, 90 CLUs and six hours of graduate credit from Southeastern.
     The program is open to teachers from Region II, which includes 14 area school districts: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes as well as the systems in the cities of Bogalusa, Baker and Zachary.
Robison said priority will be given to American and Louisiana history teachers in grades 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11, who are able to submit 2010 State Assessment Scores for their students/classes.
     Now in its sixth year, the Teaching American History project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to help improve the quality of students’ education by providing teachers with the opportunity to educate themselves further on the content of their classes while also enhancing their history appreciation. By continuing teachers’ education, the TAH Grant aims to improve students’ academic achievement.  
     For additional information, contact project director Ann Trappey at 985-748-2443 or by email at

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