Education Department Announces 2008 Teaching American History Grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings recently announced the award of $114.7 million for 121 new grants under the Teaching American History Grants program. The grants are being awarded to school districts in 40 states nationwide. For a list of the grantees, click here.

The Teaching American History grant program is designed to improve student achievement by enhancing teachers’ knowledge of traditional American history through intensive ongoing professional development in both content and research-based teaching strategies. Grants fund projects for up to five years, and grantees must partner with one or more organizations that have extensive knowledge of American history, including libraries, museums, nonprofit history or humanities organizations and higher education institutions.