Center for History and New Media Partners with Loudoun County Public Schools on New Grant

Posted: October 12, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

George Mason’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM), in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools, secured a nearly $1 million Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist in the preparation of teachers on basic content and themes in Virginia and U.S. history.

CHNM, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, uses digital media and computer technology to democratize history by incorporating multiple voices, reaching out to diverse audiences and encouraging popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.

The grant will serve 150 teachers and 44,000 students and will have a major impact on the quality of education received by the student population served in Loudoun County.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” says Roy Rosenzweig, the center’s director. “This grant enables educators to take their teaching to the next level by incorporating multimedia tools that will help history come alive for students.”

The newly funded program will offer instruction divided into two cohorts. The first will include workshops, summer learning institutes and lectures by prominent historians focused on Virginia history as U.S. history, including Native American life in the Chesapeake; the legacy of George Washington; and slavery and reconstruction, including the Civil War and post-Civil War life. The second cohort, open to teachers in all grades as well as English as a Second Language and special education teachers, will feature a two-day summer workshop and five school-year workshops.

This partnership comes on the heels of George Mason’s entry into Loudoun County’s higher education landscape. This fall, the university began holding classes in Sterling at 21641 Ridgetop Circle, and a recent land gift from Greenvest LLC, a Virginia developer, gave the university 123 acres of property for a new campus located near the intersection of Routes 50 and 659.

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