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April 30, 2008 > Washington High teacher receives national recognition

Washington High teacher receives national recognition

Submitted By Nicole Steward

David Stephenson, a social science teacher from Washington High School, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of 27 summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

David Stephenson will participate in a NEH seminar entitled "Historical Aspects of the Industrial Revolution in England." The five week program will be held at the University of Nottingham, England and directed by Dr. Gerard Koot, Chairman of the Department of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

The fifteen teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3,600 towards the cost of travel, study, and living expenses. Topics for the 27 seminars and institutes offered for teachers this summer include the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Petrarch; Latin, Spanish, and Arabic literature; Himalayan and Mesoamerican cultures; the music of Mozart and Bach; American history through song; Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill; the United States Constitution and government; the abolitionist movement; the American Great Plains; the industrial revolution; and the Holocaust.

The approximately 525 teachers who participate in these studies will teach over 50,000 American students the following year.

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