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City schools receive history education grant

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter this week announced that Rochester City Schools were awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support an enhanced history curriculum for students in kindergarten through second grade. 

Funding will be put toward the district’s Growing Up in America: A Historical Journey project, which will include after-school workshops for 300 teachers, training them to think like historians, over the next five years.

The program’s goal is to increase elementary level teachers’ understanding of key events, issues and people in American history through seminars hosted by community partners. The core of the program will be developed by several Rochester-based partners, including education content development by Nazareth College’s Department of History and Political Science and the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. 

Teachers also will receive training in the integration of historical artifacts into education by the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Strong National Museum of Play, Memorial Art Gallery, Genesee Country Village and Museum and the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.