American History Grant Program
NAU History Department Homepage
View of the Grand Canyon, A Flagstaff Pow
Wow, and the first teachers of Page, Arizona
Teaching American History Grant
Page Unified School District
October 1, 2002-September 30, 2005
Northern Arizona University:
History Department, College of Arts and Letters
College of Education
AZ K-12 Center
In 2002, Page, Arizona Unified School
District (PUSD) won a coveted three-year, $853,000 Teaching American
History (TAH) Grant from the United States Department of Education.
PUSD viewed the grant as an excellent opportunity to bolster teacher
knowledge and student achievement.
Under the leadership of West Virginia
Senator Robert Byrd, Congress initiated the TAH grant program in 2001.
According to the Department of Education website (Office of Innovation
of these grants is to promote the teaching of traditional American
history in elementary and secondary schools as a separate academic
subject. Grants are used to improve the quality of history instruction
by supporting professional development for teachers of American
U.S. Dept of Education Program
The Page TAH grant was designed to
help teachers meet the needs of the district's student population,
which includes a very large percentage of Native American students.
Page is a rural town of approximately 7,000 residents. Situated in
northern Arizona, it sits a few miles from the Utah border, on the
edge of Lake Powell and adjacent to the northwest border of the Navajo
Nation. The Grand Canyon is 130 miles away.
To accomplish the goals of the grant,
PUSD partnered with Northern Arizona University. Located in Flagstaff,
Arizona, NAU is about 2 ½ hours from Page and a leading provider
of teacher education in the state. PUSD linked hands with professors
in the History
Department and the College
of Education to deliver classes and programs in historical content,
pedagogical practices, and technological implementation. The Arizona
K-12 Center, a statewide professional development agency and disseminator
of Best Practices helped create video lessons (found at: http://azk12.nau.edu/bestpractices/videocases/).
There are seven funded programs of
the TAH grant:
1. Summer Academies
2. Graduate Courses/MA Program/Training
3. Professional Development
4. Curriculum and Assessment Development
5. Instructional Materials
6. Field Trips
7. History Clubs.
An Advisory Council consisting of
principals from each of the four schools, a teacher from each school,
a representative from NAU, a representative from the AZ K-12 Center,
and the TAH project coordinator was organized to oversee the operations
of the grant. This council meets quarterly. Lynn Thompson Baca was
the project director for the grant and Professor Linda Sargent Wood
served as the teacher/mentor.
Page TAH Experience
Washington D.C. Trip