Below are descriptions and information for all grants awarded in the state of Idaho.
Idaho State Historical Society
Grant awarded April 6, 2015
The Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) has provided opportunities in the last several years for teacher training and teacher enrichment. The National History Day Program in Idaho is sponsored by the ISHS and seeks to transform students’ understanding of history and historical thinking. Together, these organizations will utilize grant funding from the TPS Western Region to train teachers from the central Idaho area in the application of National History Day in the classroom with an emphasis on using primary sources. Other local partners committed to the project include Lewis Clark State College, the Nez Perce Historical Site and the Latah Historical Society. Due to the isolated rural nature of many of the schools in central Idaho, with limited or no travel budgets, it is essential the teachers understand how to locate and utilize online sources of primary documents. It is anticipated that grant activities will help reinvigorate National History Day in Idaho and introduce newer, younger social studies teachers to NHD methods and utilizing the online resources of the Library of Congress in the classroom.
Boise State University
Grant awarded March 5, 2010
This grant first brought TPS training to Idaho by providing workshops for methods instructors and teachers in conjunction with the Idaho Council for History Education (ICHE) Social Studies Conference in October 2010. Two October workshops were successfully completed at the ICHE Conference; a methods instructor’s workshop on October 6 and a K-12 teacher’s workshop on October 7-8, 2010. Nineteen educators were recruited from all 3 geographic regions of the state to attend the workshops and bring TPS back to their home districts. Awareness correspondence and fliers were sent to 600-800 educators via the Idaho Social Studies Roundtable. This grant piloted a new model of bringing in a previously trained university professor from Arizona State University (Dr. Linda Sargent-Wood) to help train new methods instructors and K-12 teachers.