Everett     Medford     Revere     Somerville     Winthrop    

 Learning Our Community's American Lore

About the Grant: Mission Statement

"The disciplined thinking of the historian is crucial if individuals are to draw their own inferences about what happened in an event, decide which historical analogies are apt and which are not, and express opinions and cast votes on issues of import in terms of reasonable criteria rather than sheer whim."
-Howard Gardner (1999)

Project LOCAL (Learning Our Community’s American Lore) will train teachers to incorporate the local history of their communities into the teaching of traditional American history. In partnership with Tufts University, the communities of Everett, Medford, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop will engage in a series of day-long intensive professional development workshops following a "train-the-trainer" model. As members of the Shore Educational Collaborative, these communities have an existing relationship that supports teachers in sustained collaborative opportunities.

The initial workshops will focus on providing participants with access to:

  1. experts in American history,
  2. area sites with community, regional and national historical significance,
  3. related primary resource materials, and
  4. appropriate teaching strategies that foster higher-order thinking skills.

Subsequently, the participating site leaders will employ the resources and skills to provide a series of professional development workshops within their respective communities. To that end local historical societies and historic sites will support the individual community effort.

To provide a lasting resource that will support the growth of American history studies in each participating community, a library of teaching strategies, discussions and models will be created and stored for dissemination at a website hosted by Tufts University. Combining video and text, the library of video-based teaching cases will document Project LOCAL and provide a means of evaluating and further implementing the developed resources.

In the three years of the grant life, Project LOCAL will directly involve approximately 75% of the teachers of American History in each district. Project LOCAL will also have an impact on approximately 964 students per district (over 4,800).


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