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The Nazareth College Department of History and Political Science will be working on history lessons with teachers in Rochester City School District (RCSD) thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) announced the grant on August 3. The grant will support an enhanced history curriculum for students in Kindergarten through second grade with the RCSD’s project “Growing Up in America: A Historical Journey.”
Nazareth will work with other Rochester-based partners, including the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, to construct the program’s core that will train more than 300 teachers to think like historians over the next five years. The program will increase primary grade-level teachers’ understanding of key events, issues, and people in American history. The seminars aim to educate teachers to reach students by focusing on historical concepts familiar to children.
“A thorough understanding of what it means to be an American, and what that journey entails, is so important to prepare our children for their future success,” said Slaughter. “They must understand where they’ve come from to know where they are going. I am so pleased that this investment will arm Rochester teachers with the knowledge and skills to prepare our next generation of leaders.”
In addition, teachers 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.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.