COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 17

May 20, 2003

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

U.S. Department of Education Teaching of Traditional American History Grants

 

As part of Title II-C, subpart 4, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the U.S. Department of Education has announced a competition to award $100 million in grants to local school divisions in partnership with institutes of higher education, nonprofit history or humanities organizations, libraries, or museums. The purpose of these grants is to promote the teaching of traditional American history in elementary and secondary schools as a separate academic subject. The grants will support programs of professional development to improve teachers knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history. Applications for the grants and additional information about the program can be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OII/portfolio/history.html.

 

The deadline for grant applications is July 7, 2003. U.S. Department of Education contacts are Christine Miller (Christine.miller@ed.gov) at (202) 260-8766 or Alex Stein (alex.stein@ed.gov) at (202) 205-9085.

 

For further information, please contact Colleen C. Bryant (cbryant@mail.vak12ed.edu), secondary history and social science specialist, at (804) 786-4640.

 

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