Corinth will host training for elementary history teachers

By CHRIS KIEFFER / NEMS Daily Journal

The Corinth School District soon will host intensive training sessions designed to help educators better teach American history.
The district was one of 124 in the nation to receive a federal Teaching American History grant.
Teachers of kindergarten to fifth-grade students whose districts are located within a 50-mile radius of Corinth are eligible to attend the workshop.
The first session will be Dec. 8-9, with subsequent sessions held Feb. 9-10 and during the week of June 6. The workshop will be held at Corinth Elementary and will be directed by Kevin T. Brady from the American Institute for History Education.
Teachers will be able to earn Continuing Education Units, and the grant will reimburse teachers for mileage driving to Corinth and will reimburse districts for the costs of substitute teachers on the four school days the faculty members will be absent. It also will pay teachers a stipend for the June session.
Private school teachers can attend but their schools will not be reimbursed for substitutes.
According to a letter sent to districts in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, the Tri-State Liberty Fellowship is designed to improve student performance in history.
Teachers will get help for planning lessons and will learn from university professors.
“Our hope is that by helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs will improve instruction and raise student achievement,” the letter said.
Teachers also will be given access to online resources like Cicero and Franklin’s Opus, which contain maps, lesson plans, historical documents and other tools.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.