Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region @ Metropolitan State University of Denver

Colorado Grantees

Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Contact: Cassie Moore
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.adams12.org/

Grant awarded 7/16/2021

The Adams 12 school district will train a cohort of teachers to align their district curriculum to the state mandated Colorado House Bill on the Inclusion of American Minorities. They will partner with History Colorado to include local primary sources to complement those at the Library of Congress. They are also partnering with St. Vrain Valley School in Colorado in building these resources. The outcome will be to build content knowledge in their districts teachers and also create aligned primary sources sets for each grade to be embedded district wide.

National History Day in Colorado
Contact: Celeste Archer
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://clas.ucdenver.edu/nhdc/

Grant awarded 3/31/22

NHDC is the Colorado State partner for NHD. They are housed at the University of Colorado – Denver.

Their grant will extend the reach of NHDC existing professional development offerings to underserved, rural and low socio-economic status communities in Colorado to bring the benefits of the Library of Congress and NHD to students who need it most.

They will hold a series of educator workshops, both online and in-person, to culminate with an educator showcase, at which participants will receive an NHDC Master Teacher designation. They plan to reach over 100 teachers through these workshops.

Participants who complete the Master Teacher training will then be eligible to enroll in a UC Denver graduate course taught by NHDC staff to continue their professional development.

This project will also provide stipends, scholarships, resources, and training to facilitate the implementation of the NHD program by the participants. A portion of this grant will also allow NHDC to provide scholarships to students to enroll in the concurrent history courses.

Sand Creek Massacre Foundation
Contact: Alexa Roberts
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.sandcreekmassacrefoundation.org/

Grant awarded 6/2/23

The “Teaching the Sand Creek Massacre ” project by the Sand Creek Massacre Foundation aims to address the lack of educational resources about the unprovoked US Army attack on Cheyenne and Arapaho village in southeastern Colorado on November 29, 1864 killing over 230 people.

Collaborating with History Colorado and the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, the project involves creating tribally-vetted, standards-aligned curricular materials called Inquiry Kits. These kits will cover various themes related to the Sand Creek Massacre, filling an educational void.

The project emphasizes tribal consultation, leverages the Foundation’s connection to the national historic site, and contributes to the development of the Center for Sand Creek Massacre Studies.

Professional development workshops will include educators, tribal scholars, and descendants in crafting primary source-based materials. These workshops will be held in Denver at the History Colorado Center and at the Massacre site near Eads. Colorado.

The project plans to complete 6-8 Inquiry Kits, which will be disseminated through virtual platforms, professional development events, and partner organizations, ensuring long-term sustainability.

Cherry Creek School District
Contact: Steven Kidd
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cosocialstudies

Grant awarded 8/8/23

In November 2022, the Colorado State Board of Education approved revised social studies standards that mandate the teaching of history, culture, and social contributions of minorities, including American Indians, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQ+ individuals within these minority groups, and religious minorities.

Recognizing the need for professional development about LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Colorado Social Studies Standards, the Cherry Creek School District (which is located in the Denver Metro area) in partnership with the Colorado Dept. of Education created this project to provide professional development for educators to address these mandates.

The project’s goals include supporting educators in implementing the revised standards by creating curriculum utilizing resources from the Library of Congress. The project will also help educators understand the significance of LGBTQ+ inclusion in education, and provide a space to share resources. They also plan to provide strategies to help educators meet challenges of implementing LGBTQ+ curriculum in the classroom.

The target audience will be Colorado educators, curriculum specialists, and administrators across various grade levels, emphasizing history and civics. The project aims to engage 75-125 educators and enhance LGBTQ+ inclusive curriculum statewide.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Contact: Irina Kopteva – Assistant Professor, Research
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.uccs.edu/

Grant awarded November 12, 2020

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) will partner with the Douglas County School District to develop a curriculum for remote teaching of Earth and Environmental Science with primary sources. Two online workshops will be offered to provide professional development and re-licensure opportunity for science teachers. Workshop participants will learn how to build an engaging online learning community and how to facilitate teamwork for maintaining productive social connections remotely. Each participant will design an activity for teaching earth and environmental science with primary sources in their classroom. The activities will be designed in formats suitable for both face-to-face and online instruction to advance remote learning during the times of an epidemic like COVID-19.

Latino History Project
Contact: Marjorie McIntosh and Kent Willman – Project Directors
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Website: https://latinohistoryproject.org/

Grant awarded June 13, 2019

The Latino History Project, based at the University of Colorado, was founded in 2013 to help correct the limited presence of local Latino history and culture in most schools and history books. Through their regional grant, the Latino History Project will introduce teachers to the vast resources of the Library of Congress and a more inclusive range of materials to support content/curriculum. Together with local partners, this project will host four workshops across Colorado in communities with high Latino populations. Workshop leaders will use resources from the Library of Congress and other local collections to help teachers create curriculum which tell the stories of the Latino community over time. The overriding goal of the project is to increase Latino student knowledge about their own heritage and to develop a sense of pride and positive identity.