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Apr 11, 2008

The WIU Department of History has once again been invited to serve as the academic partner of the Hancock-McDonough Regional Office of Education (ROE #26) on a multi-year federal grant, beginning in 2009. The three-year grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to ROE #26 for the purpose of improving the teaching of American History in the public schools. Dr. Virginia Boynton, WIU History Department Chair, coordinates the grant for Wetern Illinois University.

This is the third of these multi-year grants on which the ROE has invited the WIU History Department to partner with Regional Offices of Education representing the public school districts in 21 counties of West Central Illinois. During the tenure of the new $918,000 three-year grant, which may be extended for an additional two years (for a five-year total of $1.5 million) after its initial three years, WIU History Department faculty members will provide workshop presentations as well as plan and accompany Summer travel-study trips to historical locations for school teachers from the school districts in the 21-county region extending outward in every direction from Macomb (including Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Pike, Fulton, Schuyler, Henderson, Warren, Mercer, Brown, Cass, Morgan, Scott, Rock Island, Knox, Sangamon, Mason, Menard, Logan, Tazewell, and Peoria counties).

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