Sean Adams will show fifth grade teachers a new approach to teaching history.

Above: History professor Sean Adams will show fifth grade teachers a new approach to teaching history.

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Sean Adams

UF to Instruct History On Location to Local Teachers

Thanks to a new federal grant, Polk County high school teachers will be taught a new perspective on history by University of Florida history professor Sean Adams.

Over the next three years, Adams will travel with 108 fifth-grade teachers to historical sites such as Charleston Museum and Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C. The visits will allow the teachers to experience first hand some of the places integral to American history. Following these trips, Adams will instruct the teachers on new ways to approach teaching history, using in part their new insights from visiting these sites. In doing so, it is expected these teachers will be able to better engage their students in historical lessons.

Polk County was awarded $998,640 federal grant over the next three years for fifth-, eighth- and 11th-grade teachers. Out of more than 400 districts applying for the grant, Polk county was one of 60 nationwide, and one of five in Florida, to receive the grant.

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