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Parkway Receives Major Federal Grant for Teaching American History

Teachers in the Parkway, Rockwood, Valley Park and Union School Districts will make history come alive for students through a $735,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, funded under the Teaching American History Grants Program.

The goal of the grant is for 5th grade, 8th grade, and high school American history teachers to develop a deep knowledge of the Charters of Freedom – the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and Bill of Rights – and how these documents influenced and were influenced by American presidents throughout pivotal periods in American history.

The districts are partnering with the following organizations to offer professional development opportunities: Center for the Constitution; the Bill of Rights Institute; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum; the Organization of American Historians; and historians from Washington University, St. Louis University and Webster University.

Approximately 45 elementary teachers, 35 high school teachers, and 30 middle school teachers will participate in grant-related professional development each year.

More information about the Teaching American History Grant program is available online.