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Major Grants Fund Teacher Training

Teachers seeking additional training can still take advantage two major grants awarded recently to the Long Beach Unified School District.

Middle and high school history teachers can obtain training through a three-year, $980,000 Teaching American History Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Meanwhile, English and history teachers at Jordan and Cabrillo high schools will benefit from a four-year, $920,000 Improving Teacher Quality grant awarded to California State University, Long Beach by the California Post-Secondary Education Commission.

The Teaching American History Grant includes teacher stipends for after-school and summer professional development sessions.  This grant aims to enhance teachers' understanding of American history through intensive professional development, including study trips to historic sites and mentoring with professional historians and other experts.  Projects involve partnerships with organizations that have broad knowledge of American history, such as libraries, museums, nonprofit historical or humanities organizations, and higher education institutions.

Long Beach was one of just 124 school districts nationwide to be awarded more than $115 million in Teaching American History grants this summer.  The Long Beach grant is the sixth of its kind for LBUSD, and it is likely to be followed by another $600,000 for a fourth and fifth year of training here.

The Improving Teacher Quality Grant was awarded to CSULB’s College of Education and the university’s English and history departments, which will conduct training during summer institutes and release days.

Interested teachers may call the History/Social Science Office at ext. 2956.