Roots of a Nation 2011-13

Program Year(s) 2011-2013
School Systems Served Calvert County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Saint Mary’s County, Talbot County
Program Partners Sultana Education Foundation, Calvert Marine Museum, Center for Environment and Society at Washington College, C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience at Washington College
Funder United States Department of Education, Teaching American History Grant

The Roots of a Nation – A Chesapeake Journey Teaching American History program is a consortium of seven Maryland school districts working together to increase teacher content knowledge, improve pedagogical practices, and measurably improve student achievement in American History.  Administered by the Sultana Education Foundation, Roots of a Nation involves 35 teachers in a rigorous three-year (2010-2013) professional development program that emphasizes the use of primary documents, connects teachers to local resources, and examines innovative methods for delivering history content in the classroom.  Using the Chesapeake Bay as a unifying theme, Roots of a Nation focuses on four key periods in American History, including: 1) Native American History and European Settlement, 2) the Revolutionary War Period, 3) the War of 1812, and 4) Slavery and the Civil War.  Activities include conferences, week-long seminars, field experiences, lectures, and lesson plan workshops.  Content is delivered by historians, college professors, and Master Teachers.  The program creates a community of practice by developing a website and printed resource guides that allow teachers to share lesson plans, student work samples, and effective instructional techniques.