AHA Activities

Bill of Rights Education Collaborative Initiatives Funded

AHA Staff, May 1991

The Bill of Rights Education Collaborative (BREC) is pleased to announce the recipients of grants in competitions co-sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies and the History Teaching Alliance.

BREC is a joint project of the AHA and the American Political Science Association, with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts. These two competitions are part of a larger series of initiatives established by BREC to strengthen teaching and learning about constitutional rights as we approach the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights. Projects funded under the other initiatives were announced in the April issue of Perspectives. BREC has regranted funds to NCSS to support collaborative in-service projects for teachers. As in BREC's other projects, the priorities are intellectual clarity and coherence and evidence of active collaboration among diverse individuals, groups, and institutions. A special panel convened by NCSS selected the following projects for funding:

"An Inservice Program for Inner City Elementary Social Studies Teachers: Making The Bill of Rights Meaningful in United States and State History," University of Texas, San Antonio. Collaborating Institutions: The University of Texas, San Antonio, Divisions of Education and Behavioral and Cultural Sciences; the Institute of Texan Cultures; the Model Schools Program; the Hispanic Research Center; and the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.

"The Bill of Rights and Political Tolerance: Increasing the Knowledge of Civics Teachers," University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Collaborating institutions: University of Minnesota, Departments of History and Curriculum and Instruction; Elk River Public Schools; Minneapolis Public Schools.

"The Bill of Rights in the 90s and Beyond: Teaching Core Political Values in the American Tradition," Florida State University, Tallahassee. Collaborating institutions: Florida State University, Departments of Philosophy and Social Science Education; Florida Social Studies Supervisors Association; Florida Council for the Social Studies; and the Florida Department of Education.

"Bill of Rights Summer Institute," University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Collaborating institutions: University of Minnesota Law School; Minnesota Historical Society; Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota; and Macalester College.

"Celebrating the Bill of Rights," Constitutional Rights Foundation, Chicago, IL. Collaborating institutions: Bureau of Social Studies/Chicago Board of Education; DePaul University; Young Lawyers' Section of the Chicago Bar.

"Comparing Bills of Rights: Japan, China, and the United States," Washington Council for the Social Studies, Bellevue, WA. Collaborating institutions: Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; East Asia Resource Center of Henry M. Jackson School; University of Washington; and the University of Puget Sound Law School Institution for Citizen Education.

"Crime and the Constitution—The Challenge of Reconciling the Bill of Rights with the Problem of Street Crime," Queens College Foundation, Flushing, NY. Collaborating institutions: New York City Board of Education; Foreign Policy Association; and the Townsend Harris High School.

"Diversity and Tolerance—Native Americans and the Bill of Rights," University of Montana, Missoula. Collaborating institutions: Montana Council for the Social Studies; Eastern Montana College; and the Montana Education Association.

"Liberty and Justice for All: Religious Liberty and the California Curriculum," San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino. Collaborating institutions: Riverside, Inyo, Mono, and San Bernardino County Offices of Education; First Liberty Institute; George Mason University; University of California, Riverside.

"May It Please the Court: Supreme Court Arguments in the Classroom," University of California, San Diego, La Jolla. Collaborating institutions: Basic Education/Social Studies Curriculum Division, San Diego city Schools and the Northwest Public Affairs Network.

"Not Given But Fought For: The Bill of Rights Through History," Bill of Rights Education Project of the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Boston, MA. Collaborating institutions: Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union Foundation; Massachusetts Bar Association; Massachusetts Department of Education; and the New African Company Theatre for the People.

BREC has also regranted funds to the History Teaching Alliance, a joint program of the AHA, NCSS, and the Organization of American Historians. The HTA fosters the establishment of collegially designed two- to three-week content-based seminars. The HTA Oversight Committee has agreed to fund the following projects:

"The Bill of Rights," Idaho Humanities Council. Collaborating institutions: Idaho State Department of Education; College of Idaho; University of Idaho; Idaho State University; and the Idaho Historical Society. Project Director: Tom Blanchard, Idaho Humanities Council.

"The Bill of Rights and the Emergence of Modern Civil Liberties," University of Florida. Collaborating institutions: School Board of Alachua County; Marion County School Board; and the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Project Director: Augustus Burns, University of Florida.

"Bill of Rights in American History," Center for Liberal Arts, University of Virginia. Collaborating institutions: Richmond Public Schools; Valentine Museum; Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy; Virginia Bicentennial Commission; Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Project Director: Howard H. Kolb, Jr., Center for the Liberal Arts.

"Civil Rights and Liberties in a Frontier Society: Illinois in the Age of Lincoln," Illinois State University, Normal, IL. Collaborating institutions: Dirksen Center for Congressional Studies and Illinois School District #5. Project Director: Lawrence W. McBride, Illinois State University.

"Evolving Freedoms: The Bill of Rights and the Individual," University of Pittsburgh. Collaborating institutions: Western Pennsylvania Historical Societies; Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies; and the American Civil Liberties Union. Project Director: Margaret J. Rogers, University of Pittsburgh.

"Foundation for Our Liberties: Celebrating the Bill of Rights in Elementary Schools," Oklahoma State University. Collaborating institutions: Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Department of Education. Project Director: Carolyn J. Bauer, Oklahoma State University.

"The Future of the City," Loyola University of Chicago. Collaborating institutions: Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Historical Society. Project Director: Timothy Gilfoyle, Loyola University.

"Rhetoric and Reality: Individual Rights, States Rights, and Civil Rights," Anne Arundel County (MD) Council for the Social Studies. Collaborating institutions: University of Maryland, College Park; Maryland State Archives; and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Project Director: James F. Adomanis, Annapolis Middle School.

"Rights and Liberties of Immigrants in California," University of the Pacific. Collaborating institutions: Stockton (CA) Unified School District and the Holt-Atherton Center for Western History. Project Director: Sally Miller and Jerry Briscoe, University of the Pacific.

"Women's Rights in Soviet and Japanese Society Since World War I," University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Collaborating institutions: Stevens Point Area High School and Portage County Public Library. Project Director: Stephen Pistono, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

BREC expects to award an additional $250,000 in regrants in a second round of competition for the short courses, mini-grants, and state humanities council projects. The deadline for submission of proposals will be August 15, 1991, with notification of awards by October 1, 1991. For additional information on these three initiatives, contact: The Bill of Rights Education Collaborative, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 483-2512.