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Teaching American History Evaluation Grant Tips: FOIA Reading Room
Mia D. Howerton of the Department of Education’s Teaching American History (TAH) grant program recently reminded the H-TAH H-NET discussion group about the Office of Innovation and Improvement’s FOIA Reading Room.

As you write your TAH grant, you might want to see examples of previously funded grants, and the FOIA Reading Room provides you with a total of 13 accepted grant applications from 2008, 2009, 2010.  In 2009, for instance, we provided evaluation services for two of the three examples posted (CHARMS and Northshore).  Although the core of any good Teaching American History grant proposal is a plan that addresses the proven, unique needs of your district(s) in way that integrates evaluation into the structure of the program, it helps to have a menu of options to choose from.  The FOIA Reading Room provides this for you.

The 2011 Teaching American History (TAH) program RFP has been released, and completed grant applications are due to the Department of Education on April 4th, 2011.  Evaluation is an even more significant part of the grant application than it has been in the past. As a special service for Teaching American History grant clients, we will consult with you and even assist in designing and writing the evaluation portion of your Teaching American History grant application free of charge. We will also help you design and implement a needs assessment for your teachers and students free of charge. The clock is ticking: call us today at (570) 744-1618 or email evaluation@grantevaluation.com
Teaching American History Resources: NHEC & TAH
The Evaluation Solutions blog will be highlighting lots of great resources out there for United States Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grants, with which we have a lots of evaluation experience. One such resource is the National History Education Clearinghouse (NHEC) at TeachingHistory.org.  Their TAH section has a lot of helpful content that can help you ensure your grant is on the right track.  Learn from the lessons already learned by other TAH grants (like tips on how best to model historical thinking), find out what other innovative TAH grants are up to, and watch video from the intensive three day TAH project director’s conference. For instance, consider the words of this associate professor in the History Department at Boise State University:
John Bieter: So many of the grants, I think, separate content and pedagogy. So they do summer intensives that are loaded up with wonderful scholars that come in and do wonderful work, but if I’m a classroom teacher, 5th grade, 9th grade, or 11th grade, and I’ve got 20 minutes to cover this topic—four days is going to enrich me tremendously, but can I really distill that down to something my students could use? And can I—I would argue, most importantly, develop a set of skills that are going to be retained as long or, we hope, even longer than the information, that may or may not be relatively fleeting? So what we really try to do consciously, and I think the biggest—Kathleen and I sat down after year one and said we really need to retool—is to develop content and pedagogy alongside of each other and to integrate that in everything that you do. So with all your partners, insist that they do that. With your scholars, get them to practice exactly this model that we’ve been trying to do.
NHEC also posts some of these videos on YouTube. For instance, what is historical thinking? Check out the NHEC YouTube channel.