AIHE has extensive experience in assisting districts write for federal and state grants. AIHE partners with districts as a major or minor service provider, delivering an array of services from workshops, colloquia, field studies, website creation and products such as CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™ and SojournerHistory.com. We combine our experience grant writers with education specialists to ensure we can deliver a high quality program that meets everyone's needs.
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AIHE has successfully helped districts write U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Teaching American History Grants that have produced phenomenal results in the classroom. AIHE partners with districts as the major service provider, as well as serving on grants as a minor service provider. AIHE will provide plans for two-day or three-day colloquia, four-day and five-day summer institutes, one- to fifteen-day field-studies, classroom observations, web site creation, subscriptions to our award winning online U.S. History resource, CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™, and CICERO training as individual pieces or as part of a more comprehensive three or five-year fellowship.
AIHE has designed a dynamic grant program that is producing stellar results nationwide. Salient improvement in classroom achievement and marked increases in teacher content knowledge stand as AIHE’s paramount objectives in the grants and the Fellowship’s track record in producing stellar quantitative results has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Fellowships — AIHE has developed content-rich history fellowships with teachers and students in mind. We mold the Fellowship to meet the assessed needs of each particular district. AIHE’s Fellowships include substantive sessions with historians, history education specialists, master teachers and professors from top universities. Teachers will explore hours of rich historical content, while learning to use innovative and empirically proven teaching techniques.
Participants become energized through creative activities, idea exchanges, and interactive exercises. Teachers will learn to study history as historians do. To bring history to life, teachers also attend substantive field trips to historical sites such as Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Williamsburg, Alabama and George Washington’s, Mount Vernon, inter alia.
Assigned Specialists — AIHE provides each district with an assigned historian or history education specialist to work with the Project Director and teachers to evolve the grant according to local district needs. Moreover, AIHE personnel, historians, and scholars will maintain a long-term longitudinal relationship with the Fellows through electronic media, video conferencing, the web site, AIHE bulletin boards, and e-mail, well after individual sessions. Historians even host a monthly password-protected “Talking History” video-conference and chat-room session with teachers on the AIHE web site.
AIHE’s state-of-the-art technical division develops turnkey web sites that include schedules, lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations, video clips, and photo galleries of various events. The districts will have all of these resources to use well beyond the term of the grant. Other district teachers can use the site to get the many resources and to post lessons, narratives, and activities they develop in district turnkey dissemination sessions.
CICERO — In addition, AIHE offers exclusive access to CICERO: History Beyond the Textbook™, a revolutionary new web site designed by history teachers for history teachers. Imagine every tool you could possibly dream of right at your fingertips. Primary source documents, video presentations of some of the top historians in the country, PowerPoints, map activities, plays and a variety of interactive software provide every grant participant with their own “digital toolbox,”which organizes material by time period and is broken down into three levels making it easy to quickly find exactly what you are looking for.
AIHE Partners — Teachers can also receive materials and training from AIHE partners like the nationally recognized Bill of Rights Institute, the Civil War Society, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Colonial Williamsburg, the Cold War Museum, Save Ellis Island, the International Spy Museum, Nystrom, Teacher Created Materials, the New Jersey (PBS) Network, the Core Knowledge Foundation, Anodyne, inter alia.
Project Director Training —Included with every Fellowship Grant is an intensive training program for grant Project Directors at the AIHE headquarters in Swedesboro, New Jersey. AIHE will train your grant Projector Director in the areas of paperwork, site coordination, catering, finances and even field-trip planning. Directors will receive previews of how to run the grant, along with examples of presentations, activities, site tours in Philadelphia, “hunting” history in the local graveyard, and time with the best character actors in the nation. AIHE will make every effort to ensure that your grant goes smoothly so you can focus on the overall success of the program. This service includes a Quality Control officer who will consult with your Project Director after every AIHE event with your district.
The goals of this grant program are in response to the need to prepare students with the knowledge and skills essential for the digital age and for college and career readiness. TALENT21 grants will assist schools in establishing 21st century learning environments in grades six and seven that blend physical and digital infrastructures to seamlessly support learning. Students will have Internet access through mobile computing devices to the tools and information that they need to obtain relevant information from networks from around the world while developing the capability to evaluate and use the myriad of information found online. This grant program provides high speed wireless Internet access to all sixth- and seventh-grade students and their teachers in selected schools through the provision of a one-to-one wireless mobile computing environment. Intensive professional development for teachers and administrators assists with the effective integration of technology and 21st century skills and themes across content areas as required by the latest state standards, along with the development of a sustainability plan that extends beyond the grant period.
The Investing in Innovation Fund, established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.