Since 2003, the LEH has secured five Teaching American History grants from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling $6.2 million. In each program, the LEH partnered with area universities and other humanities organizations to provide tuition-free graduate credit summer institutes and in-service teacher professional development programs for elementary, middle and high school teachers of American history, Louisiana history, and social studies.
In 2012, the LEH completed the final year of a $1.6 million TAH grant for Ouachita, Morehouse, East Carroll, Richland parishes and Monroe City schools originally planned for five years but reduced to three. In each case, teachers completing the summer institutes received a stipend ranging from $1,250 to $2000, free textbooks, three hours of graduate college credit, 45 Continuing Learning Units, and teaching materials to take back to their classrooms. Summer institutes in these parishes graduated a combined 140 teachers in 2012 and more than 260 teachers since inception.
In 2013, the LEH partnered with Caddo Parish Schools and Louisiana State University at Shreveport (LSUS) for the third and final year of a $1 million Teaching American History (TAH) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Forty-four American History teachers from twenty-five schools earned graduate credits and stipends to enhance their expertise and teaching methodologies. In three years, the program will graduated 159 teachers in Caddo Parish.
Though federal funding cuts ended the TAH program in 2013, the LEH continues to work with school districts, teachers, and universities across the state to improve the skills and expertise of Louisiana’s K-12 educators. If you have questions about future opportunities, contact LEH Director of Public Relations and Programs Brian Boyles at email@example.com or 504-620-2632.