Below are descriptions and information for all grants awarded in the state of Oregon.
Center for Geography Education in Oregon (C-GEO)
Grant awarded January 14, 2016
C-GEO is part of a four-state geographic alliance that collaborated with the TPS Western Region in 2014-2015 to train a cadre of teachers in developing geographic tools for primary source analysis. This Oregon-based grant is designed to introduce preK-12 teachers to those new TPS tools and develop a set of model lessons using primary sources throughout the state. C-GEO is partnering with the Oregon Historical Society, Western Oregon University and Portland State University to implement the 5-day summer institute “Oregon Geography through Primary Sources (Oregon GPS)” in June 2016. Each participant will complete a model lesson using a primary source set, Oregon content, and the geographic analysis tool. Teachers will disseminate the new lessons in their schools and districts, and offer at least one in-service or conference presentation about the LOC materials and TPS. The materials developed during the workshop will be published online through the C-GEO website, demonstrated at their annual conference, and shared at other professional organization venues such as the Oregon Council for the Social Studies. The TPS Western Region is delighted to see the fruition of this four-state geography collaboration and will provide master trainers for the summer institute.
Northwest Regional Education Services District
Grant awarded April 6, 2015
The Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) is the largest and most diverse Education Service District in Oregon. Two of the state's five largest school districts, Beaverton and Hillsboro, reside in the urban parts of Washington County while many small, rural districts reside along the Columbia River, Coast Range Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and in Western Washington County. NWRESD, in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University, embarked on an ambitious program to train a cadre of secondary humanities teachers in the design and delivery of document-based learning activities that foster the “student as historian.”
Beginning in June 2015, teachers were trained how to find, curate, and present Library of Congress online sources in a variety of digital formats. Participants used a blended learning approach to complete an on-line interactive course as a prerequisite for the two-day summer institute. Under the direction of Marta Turner, a former American Memory Fellow, teachers created lessons or units to be used in the classroom that integrated Common Core State Standards with primary sources. Peter Pappas, of Portland State University, worked with teachers to develop digital content for the classroom using technology tools and provided guidance on the instructional strategies needed to promote student engagement and learning. All the final projects are housed on the website http://tps.nwresd.org as well as the link to the iBook, The Student As Historian.
Grant awarded July 11, 2014
Concordia University will offer Oregon middle/secondary teachers the opportunity to have consistent, high-quality professional development with university staff in which they are trained to incorporate Library of Congress primary sources into the curriculum. Initially, Concordia will offer a series of ten content-rich workshops for two different cohorts of Portland Social Studies teachers. After the initial series, the program will be replicated for the Southern, Eastern, Central, and Coastal regions of Oregon via an iTunesU course. Concordia will collaborate with the Oregon Council for the Social Studies, the Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Department of Education, and other state partners to create a cadre of educational leaders throughout the state who will train their colleagues in TPS methods. Another goal of this grant is to foster better relationships and provide academic support between project sponsors and the community of Social Studies/History teachers at the 6-12 level.
Grant awarded June 26, 2012
Densho's mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished. Densho offers these irreplaceable firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, to explore principles of democracy and promote equal justice for all. Through a TPS Western Regional grant, Densho integrated the rich resources of the Library of Congress with its own digital archives to create professional development for middle and high school teachers. Teachers engaged in historical thinking about the Japanese American WW II experience by analyzing primary sources and discussing how this can inform thinking about current events. In addition to their home base in Seattle (Washington), Densho offered TPS workshops in Los Angeles (California), Portland (Oregon) and Honolulu (Hawaii).
The May 18, 2013 workshop in Portland represented the TPS Western Region's first professional development offering in the state of Oregon. The partnership with the Oregon Nikkei Endowment resulted in a strong group of 40 participating teachers. Workshop participants appreciated the tight integration of pedagogy with the primary sources about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. In the words of Tom Ikeda, "Working with TPS changed the way we trained teachers. We added more resources from the Library of Congress website and spent time exploring the richness of loc.gov with workshop participants." Densho plans to create an online course to reach a larger national audience of educators based on the work done for the TPS workshops.
*Multiple States Served