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ZR-256696-18Challenge Programs: Creating Humanities Communities GrantsIowa Museum Association, Inc.Teaching Iowa History2/1/2017 - 1/31/2021$60,000.00Cynthia Sweet   Iowa Museum Association, Inc.Cedar FallsIA50613-4770USA2017U.S. HistoryCreating Humanities Communities GrantsChallenge Programs060000060000

To create and curate institutional resources and professional development opportunities in Iowa history.

Iowa history has not been a required component of Iowa’s educational curriculum since at least 2008. Only two other states in the nation do not include state history in their standards – Alaska and Delaware. This significant gap in the state’s curriculum will be cured with the upcoming adoption of new educational standards embedding Iowa history in K-12 education. To support teacher needs in implementing the new standards, the Iowa Department of Education's Iowa History Advisory Council has recommended, in addition to other remedies, the curation and creation of instructional resources and professional development in Iowa History. "Teaching Iowa History" will fulfill these two expressed needs by bringing together stakeholders from across Iowa to write and provide accessible Iowa history content; to provide “beyond the textbook” materials to assist teachers in meeting the new social studies standards; and to provide professional development for educators in a variety of formats.