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The Uintah Basin
TAH (UB-TAH) Project represents a collaborative effort among Duchesne County School District, Uintah County School District, Ute Tribe Education Department/LEA (on the U&O Reservation), Utah State University-Uintah Basin, and other history and education organizations. The three school districts serve 28 schools, 104 teachers, and 9,737 students; the majority (94%) of Ute students attend county schools; the remaining 6% attend the Tribe’s school.  The Uintah Basin (UB) TAH Project will serve Ute and non-Ute teachers, students, and schools; however, while designing and implementing this project, it is important to take into consideration this group of community members.

The Uintah Basin TAH Project will develop and implement professional development for Uintah Basin’s school districts’ 104 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade social studies teachers that strengthens teachers’ ability to teach traditional American history as a separate subject.  Professional development will focus on four historical themes and two ways of knowing and thinking about U.S. history.  To make history come alive, a variety of pedagogical methods will be embedded (and related resources provided) into the presentation of the American history content. The UB-TAH Project will focus on four historical themes that are intended to cover all major branches of U.S. historical study and are in accord with the NAEP U.S. History Framework developed by the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).   Three course formats (Summer Academy, school-year Workshops, and school-year Fieldtrips) plus NCHE annual national conference participation will be provided each year.  Participating teachers will also receive mentoring support and access to valuable history education resources.

UTE TRIBE RESOLUTION: 05-107
GRANT NUMBER: U215X050223

Historical Themes:

1. Change an Continuity in American Democracy;

2. Gathering and Interactions of Peoples, Cultures and Ideas;

3. Economic and Technological Changes and Their Relationship to Society, Ideas and the Environment;

4. Changing Role of America in the World

Project Goals:

1. Increase teacher's American history knowledge, understanding, and interest.

2. Increase teacher's pedagogical skills and practices (e.g. instructional methods and student activities and assessments).

3. Increase student's American history interest, participation, and achievement.

 

UB-TAH DESIRED OUTCOME:

Desired Outcome #1:  Aligns content instruction to the USOE Core Curriculum.

  • Maps and regularly revises curriculum;

  • Teaches all core standards;

  • Each lesson is aligned to Core

Support Link: Utah State Core Curriculum
Support Link: Social Studies Curriculum 3-6 Grade
Support Link:
Social Studies Curriculum 7-12 Grade
Support Link: Backward Mapping for Social Studies Teachers
Support Link: USOE - Utah Studies Core Curriculum
Support Link: USOE U.S. History Core Curriculum
Support Link: USOE U.S. Government and Citizenship Core Curriculum
Support Link: USOE U.S. History II Core Curriculum

Desired Outcome #2:  Demonstrates accurate historical knowledge and perspective of U.S. history.

Always engages in activities that facilitate an increase in United States History content.

Support Link: Sample Lesson and Activities available in our Online Resource Page
Support Link: Developing Content in Social Studies
Support Link: Understanding by Design Support Page

Desired Outcome #3:  Engages students in historical analysis and interpretation.

Integrates at least 8 strategies of historical analysis and interpretation in order to engage students.

  • explaining issues

  • identifying historical patterns

  • establishing cause-and-effect relationships

  • finding value statements

  • establishing significance

  • applying historical knowledge

  • weighing evidence to draw sound conclusions

  • making defensible generalizations

  • rendering insightful accounts of the past

Support Link: Sample Lesson and Activities available in our Online Resource Page
Support Link: Online Resource in Primary Sources
Support Link: Utah History to Go
Support Link: Testing Preparation in Social Studies
Support Link: Learning the Art of critical Thinking
Support Link: Lesson Plans and teaching Strategies

Desired Outcome #4:  Demonstrates accurate knowledge of the history, legacy, and culture of American Indians.                                                                       

Always engages in activities that facilitate an increase in American Indian history content.

  • American Indian cultural arts and motifs (i.e., carvings, drawings, paintings, bead work, rugs, baskets, songs, dance,)

  • Customs, rites, and traditions
  • Stories (i.e., written and oral, fiction and non-fiction stories, which include anecdotes about exceptional experiences, personal life narratives, sacred stories, dreams, visions, and myths) and the art of story telling
  • Brining in American Indian community members, artisans, leaders, and elders

Support Link: American Indian Online Resources
Support Link: UB-TAH Ute History Timeline
Support Link: USOE Indian Education/Curriculum

Support Link: Brief History of Indian Education and Indian Policy, 1492-Today's
Support Link: Indian Removal Act, 1830
Support Link: Allotment Act or Dawes Act and Assimilation, 1880-1930
Support Link: Indian Reorganization Act, 1930-1945
Support Link: Indian Termination Act, 1945-1970
Support Link: Indian Self-Determination Act, 1970 -Today's
Support Link: UB-TAH Ute Online Resources
Support Link: Utah American Indians
Support Link: Index of Native American Resources on the Web
Support Link: American Indian 101
Support Link: Brief History of Indian Education
Support Link: Resolution 168 - Schools and American Indian Students

Desired Outcome #5:  Conducts lessons and units based on backward design. 

Posts and uses an enduring understanding, essential questions, assessments, and learning activities for all units.

Support Link: Sample Lesson and Activities available in our Online Resource Page
Support Link: Understanding by Design Support Page
Support Link: Backward Mapping for Social Studies Teachers
Support Link: Social Studies Strategies

Desired Outcome #6:  Engages students in active learning by using strategies that work.

Support Link: Integrating Technology in Social Studies
Support Link: Social Studies Strategies
Support Link: UB-TAH 3-D Maps for K12 Students
Support Link: UB-TAH Satellite Maps for K12 Students
Support Link: Awesome Power Point Tutorial
Support Link: Microsoft Multimedia Templates

Desired Outcome #7:  Integrates local and national (including online/websites) resources/archives, programs, and initiatives into classroom instruction.

Always uses local and national resources, programs, and initiatives (fully implemented) as part of classroom instruction.

Desired Outcome #8:  Collaborates with other teachers to develop and implement US History curriculum.

  • Teacher always collaborates.
  • effective interventions for students

  • individual reflective practice

  • time for professional development

  • benchmarking
  • curriculum mapping

  • creating common assessments

  • learning from student work

Support Link: Classroom Management
Support Link: Backward Mapping for Social Studies Teachers
Support Link: Social Studies Strategies
Support Link: Learning Communities
Support Link: UB-TAH Online Resource Website

Form: Self-Assessment Key (pdf.file)

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