Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Awards LSU Shreveport and Caddo Public Schools $1.6 Million Grant
January 27, 2011
Through a partnership between LSU Shreveport and the Caddo Public School System, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has secured a $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education "Teaching American History" grant for Caddo Parish public school teachers. There will be a press conference announcing the grant at the Caddo Parish School Board Office on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
Over the next five years, Caddo Parish public school American history teachers will attend a series of graduate level summer institutes at LSU Shreveport as well as fall and spring in-service workshops. The institutes and workshops will be taught by LSU Shreveport history professors as well as other acclaimed scholars.
In addition to three hours of graduate university credit, teachers will receive $1,000 stipends for successfully completing each summer institute along with free textbooks and teaching materials to take back to their classrooms. LSU Shreveport has waived tuition and all, but mandatory, fees for teachers attending the summer institutes.
This is the second "Teaching American History" grant the LEH has obtained for Caddo public schools. In 2008, the LEH completed a three-year, $1 million grant that enrolled 210 elementary, middle and high school history and social studies teachers in a series of graduate level, American history summer institutes at LSU Shreveport.
The underlying purpose of the national Teaching American History program is to improve teacher preparation and student understanding and achievement in American history.
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