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Abstract: Teaching American History: A Model for University-Secondary School Cooperation

To address both local and national needs, we propose a partnership among: the Broome-Tioga Board of of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES); two prominent historians of U.S. History, both from the History Department of Binghamton University, State University of New York--Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar; and the School of Education and Human Development at Binghamton University (SEHD).

Our partnership will develop a series of related initiatives to improve the quality of teacher training and teacher professional development in Broome and Tioga Counties. Focusing on pre-service and in-service teacher training, the project will ultimately improve the high school teaching of American History in the 15 public school districts of New York's Southern Tier, serving 40,000 students.

Data collected in 1999 indicate that 12 of the 14 reporting districts failed to meet the 90% passing "State Reference Point," which is the statewide benchmark set by the NYS Education Department for all Regents exams. Of these districts, 4 have been targeted by the NYS Education Department as "academically at risk" because of high needs/capacity indices combined with low student performance.

We will establish an integrated program that will offer a newly-founded "Certificate in the Teaching of U.S. History." The certificate will be awarded by the Graduate Division of the University upon the successful completion of a week-long intensive summer workshop and three graduate courses. The Certificate Program will organize a series of opportunities for teachers' professional development.

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