Project Clio / Teaching American History is a federally funded project sponsored by the Anchorage School District and the University of Alaska Anchorage. It is currently comprised of ASD teachers who have been studying content, pedagogy, and have been designing and developing curriculum in American History instruction for the past two years. Project Clio is producing teacher tested innovative history curriculum that is based on historical themes, relies on primary source documents, and incorporates best practices strategies for teachers.
Phase One of Project Clio formed our core group of dedicated teachers. They have been researching, designing and field-testing American History curriculum. Four weekend colloquia with local and visiting scholars in the field of American History and four additional 1/2 day meetings per year have been an important part of the teachers experience.
Phase Two involved expanding the network of teachers who share our desire to enhance the teaching of American History throughout ASD, and are interested in both learning and sharing the wealth. Successful applicants joined in as liaisons to the wider district as we move forward with new curricula supported by best practices. Phase two consisted of a 3 graduate level credit course titled HIST 690-- Standards & Curriculum For Teaching American History
Phase Three will involve all Project Clio teachers for the school year 04-05. An additional six credits of paid graduate credits can be earned. The cadre members will continue to engage in seminars with nationally recognized historians and develop and hone their teaching practices.