U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn) today said the Bledsoe County Office of Education, representing a consortium of 30 schools in Southeast Tennessee, has been approved for nearly $1 million over three years through the Teaching American History Grant Program. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will provide teachers in Bledsoe, Marion, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Grundy and Rhea counties and Cleveland City Schools with training to improve history and civics programs in area schools.
“We are very proud of our magnificent diversity in this country,” Alexander said. “But as much as we prize that diversity, what we prize even more is our ability to unite as one country. It doesn’t matter where your grandparents came from. What does matter is that every student understands what it means to be an American. The best way to do that is to make sure that Tennesseans have the opportunity to learn American history and civics, and I’m glad that these counties will benefit from this important program.”
“The Appalachian Corridor Teaching American History Program addresses an urgent need to improve and promote history education in the region by training teachers in methods that will enhance student performance,” said Corker. “I thank the Department of Education for making a worthy investment in the future of Tennessee's children, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Tennessee delegation to expand educational opportunities for our citizens."
This funding will go to the Appalachian Corridor Teaching American History Program that will provide local teachers with graduate level coursework in American history and teaching strategies to improve and sustain student understanding of American history. Students affected by the program will be measured by state approved standardized tests before and after the program begins.