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Pulaski schools receive grant aid

The Pulaski County Public School system, along with a consortium made up of six other schools within the region, are recipients of a $743,000 grant to enhance American history education.
The consortium, led by the Bedford County Public School System in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, will enhance the classroom teaching ability of 25 history teachers in underserved counties in western Virginia.
Along with Pulaski and Bedford, other counties involved include Alleghany, Bath, Craig, Giles and Highland.
Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, this Teaching American History grant will establish a three-year program of history education seminars for social studies teachers of grades five through twelve from the seven school districts, according to a press release from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
The program, entitled "American History in International Context," will establish a professional development program for public school teachers in these school systems to master the traditional elements of U.S. history.
None of the school divisions in this consortium have ever received or participated in a Teaching American History Grant. In addition, five schools within the consortium are in need of improvement as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, according to the press release.
The participating social studies teachers will take part in a three-year professional development program. The program will explore the full breadth of American history— from the first contact between natives and Europeans to the present— by focusing on critical intersections between the United States and the rest of the world. Each year, participants will meet for one-day workshops in the fall and the spring to discuss reading and written assignments. Each summer, the teachers will meet at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum for a week-long institute led by eminent visiting scholars. At the end of the summer, the participants will take part in a visit to a historic site, such as Jamestown, Yorktown, Gettysburg, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Participants will emerge from this experience with an expanded knowledge of American history that will translate to improvement in student performance across this consortium," the press release states."
In applying for this grant, letters of support were written by Gov. Tim Kaine, U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, and Congressmen Rick Boucher, Bob Goodlatte, and Tom Perriello.
In support of the program, Goodlatte said, "I believe that it is so important for young people today to have a better foundation in the history of the United States and the principles of our Constitution." He continued, "the "American History in International Context" program, which is being led by the Bedford County Public School System and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, will strengthen our teachers’ sense of American history which will then be passed along to our children."
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is also involved in another Teaching American History program serving a different set of school districts, led by Waynesboro Public Schools. The first year of that three-year program will be completed this summer.

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Pulaski schools receive grant aid

The Pulaski County Public School system, along with a consortium made up of six other schools within the region, are recipients of a $743,000 grant to enhance American history education.
The consortium, led by the Bedford County Public School System in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, will enhance the classroom teaching ability of 25 history teachers in underserved counties in western Virginia.
Along with Pulaski and Bedford, other counties involved include Alleghany, Bath, Craig, Giles and Highland.
Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, this Teaching American History grant will establish a three-year program of history education seminars for social studies teachers of grades five through twelve from the seven school districts, according to a press release from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
The program, entitled "American History in International Context," will establish a professional development program for public school teachers in these school systems to master the traditional elements of U.S. history.
None of the school divisions in this consortium have ever received or participated in a Teaching American History Grant. In addition, five schools within the consortium are in need of improvement as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, according to the press release.
The participating social studies teachers will take part in a three-year professional development program. The program will explore the full breadth of American history— from the first contact between natives and Europeans to the present— by focusing on critical intersections between the United States and the rest of the world. Each year, participants will meet for one-day workshops in the fall and the spring to discuss reading and written assignments. Each summer, the teachers will meet at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum for a week-long institute led by eminent visiting scholars. At the end of the summer, the participants will take part in a visit to a historic site, such as Jamestown, Yorktown, Gettysburg, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Participants will emerge from this experience with an expanded knowledge of American history that will translate to improvement in student performance across this consortium," the press release states."
In applying for this grant, letters of support were written by Gov. Tim Kaine, U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, and Congressmen Rick Boucher, Bob Goodlatte, and Tom Perriello.
In support of the program, Goodlatte said, "I believe that it is so important for young people today to have a better foundation in the history of the United States and the principles of our Constitution." He continued, "the "American History in International Context" program, which is being led by the Bedford County Public School System and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, will strengthen our teachers’ sense of American history which will then be passed along to our children."
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is also involved in another Teaching American History program serving a different set of school districts, led by Waynesboro Public Schools. The first year of that three-year program will be completed this summer.

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