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UF Professor Aids in Securing Grants for Local Schools to Provide Training in U.S. History

A University of Florida professor has assisted Marion County schools in being awarded nearly $2.4 million in federal education grants to increase public school teachers’ content knowledge of U.S. history.

Louise Newman, an associate professor of history, has aided in preparing two separate proposals for multi-year grants for Teaching American History. The first grant, which totaled approximately $715,000, brought three cohorts of high school and middle school teachers to the UF campus and paid for their travel to Colonial Williamsburg, Va., and Washington, D.C., for additional on-site training. The second grant of $949,248 provides for three years of training for elementary school teachers but it may be increased to $1.67 million to provide instruction through 2015.

The TAH grants provide for specialized teacher training at annual six-day summer workshops held at UF.

"Designing and teaching these workshops, along with my colleagues Matt Gallman and Jon Sensbach, have been among the most rewarding experiences I have had as a professor,” says Louise Newman. "The participants have clearly enjoyed and appreciated our efforts. I am thrilled that we have received additional funding so that we can extend this program to elementary school teachers.”

Marion County Public Schools are among 124 school districts sharing $115.3 million in grants to improve American history education.

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Jeff Stevens, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, jstevens@ufl.edu, 352-846-2032

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Louise Newman, lnewman@ufl.edu, 352-378-0427

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