Voices Rising Summer Institute Voices Rising Project

Voices Rising: Assimilation and the American Experience (2006-2009)

  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History grant initiative
  • Partners:
    • University: Suffolk University, UMass Lowell
    • School district: Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere
    • National Parks / Historic Sites: Boston National Historical Park (and its affiliates the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House), Minute Man National Historical Park, Lowell National Historical Park, the Old North Church, the Saugus Iron Works Historic Site, and the Boston African American Historic Site
    • Library: Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Funds three Teacher Learning Centers with full-time directors
  • Project offers teachers in selected grades eighty-one hours of intensive professional development in American history content, analysis, and interpretation for each grant year.
  • Professional development consists of weeklong summer institutes at partner universities, district-based content seminars, and lesson development workshops.
  • Teachers produce primary-source-based lessons centering on one of the project's national park or historic site partners.
  • Lessons are grouped into project-based units and widely distributed through PBU Builder.
  • View completed Voices Rising Project-Based Units (PBU's)

Funding Provided by:
Teaching American History Grant