|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.
In 2014, Roots of a Nation received a no-cost, fourth-year extension of its three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The focus of Year Four will be a two-day culminating conference for participants on June 30 – July 1, 2014, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference features guest speakers on the Civil War, slavery, and the Underground Railroad.
The other component of Year Four will be the development of a dedicated website showcasing teacher-generated lesson plans and curriculum aids developed through the Roots of a Nation program.
Registration Form for 2014 Conference in Annapolis