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Texas Tech University System (Lubbock, TX 79409-0006)
Mellinee K Lesley (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Lane Sobehrad (Co Project Director: November 2019 to February 2022)
Julie Smit (Co Project Director: November 2019 to September 2022)
Rene Saldana (Co Project Director: November 2019 to present)

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Education Programs

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$97,905 (approved)
$85,094 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 8/31/2024

Advancing Culturally Sustainable Pedagogy Together: Using History Labs to Enhance College Readiness

The enhancement of the human geography curriculum for Lubbock’s public high schools through a collaboration between Texas Tech University and Lubbock school teachers and administrators.

At Estacado High School traditional English and Social Studies instruction has not produced desired outcomes for college readiness. Texas Tech and Lubbock ISD have met this need by building a culture of literacy that has seen significant student growth. To expand these efforts, this project will implement a 4-week history lab that targets critical reading and writing skills in the Social Studies classroom, in which students will engage in academic research and create dynamic projects that reflect authentic historical investigation. This project will positively impact student achievement on traditional assessments, reading and writing competencies, and critical thinking skills. In addition, it will help a highly diverse population of students connect with the regional impact of marginalized and disenfranchised groups in the larger context of U.S. history and culture, connecting their personal narratives to the wider experiences of American society.