Grant to help improve teaching of U.S. history

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – A $1 million federal grant will help Glendale’s school district train instructors to better teach about America’s past. Glendale Unified was one of a handful of districts nationwide to receive grant funding under the program. “This would improve American history teaching, which is imperative because public schools are the backbone to our country,” said school board member Greg Krikorian. “And also I strongly feel our public schools in our nation help children grasp the values of Americanism, the principals that America is built on.” The three-year grant was accepted in a vote Tuesday night by the Glendale school board. As part of the program, staffers from the UCLA History-Geography Project, the Huntington Library, the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, the Japanese American National Museum and the Autry Museum of the Southwest will instruct teachers in specific aspects of American history. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will fund a range of activities for teachers, from summer institutes to workshops to after-school reading groups. Some teachers would also go on tours of historical sites in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Vicksburg, Atlanta and New York, although the number of teachers who would participate is unclear. “One of the reasons Glendale was picked is because we have now a track record with the federal government on the quality of the programs we provide, and they know that every penny of the grant will be spent on just what we say it will be spent on,” said Alice Petrossian, assistant superintendent of educational services. Patty Scripter, president of Glendale Council PTA, said giving teachers the tools they need to improve their teaching of American history will help students. “It’s a great district and this is just another example of them not being limited by our very inadequate state funding by going after other ways to improve student learning,” she said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected]last_img

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