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Teaching American History grant offers tipends, graduate credit, CLUs

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Area social studies teachers can earn up to $1,200, six hours of graduate credit in history, and 90 continuing learning units (CLU's) through two summer institutes at Southeastern Louisiana University.

     The institutes are offered through the Teaching American History grant program, said William Robison, head of Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science and academic coordinator for the TAH program. Southeastern history faculty Charles Elliott and Ronald Traylor will be the lead instructors for the institutes, which will feature top scholars the Department of History and Political Science and distinguished guest lecturers from other universities.

     The two-week institutes will meet on weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Fayard Hall 225.

     The first Institute, "Louisiana from the Longs to the Present" (History 698-01), is scheduled June 18-29, and will include fieldtrips to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Louisiana State Library, and Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum.

     The second institute, "America from World War I to the Present" (History 698-02), will be held July 9-20. Participants will visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans (formerly named the D-Day Museum).

     The institutes are open to teachers in the grant’s Region II, which includes 14 school districts: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Tangipahoa parishes, and the cities of Bogalusa, Baker, and Zachary.

     Robison said participants will examine important primary and secondary sources for teaching modern American and Louisiana history, will learn how to incorporate photographs and video into PowerPoint presentations, and will acquire information and techniques that they immediately can apply in their own classrooms.

     “For each institute, participants will earn a $600 stipend, three hours of graduate credit that can applied to a master's degree in history, and 45 CLU's essential for maintaining ‘highly qualified’ status,” Robison said. “Previous participants,” he added, “also report having a great deal of fun.”

     To register, contact Project Director Ann Trappey at or 985-748-2433. For more information about the Summer Institutes, contact Robison at or 985-549-2109.

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