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Fifth grade social studies teachers from Pontotoc County, Stratford and Konawa participated in a four-day colloquium hosted by the Center for the Advancement of American History at East Central University.

Support for the colloquium was provided by two U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Projects.

Wynell Esson, a retired Texas teacher, demonstrated graphic organizers. Mandi Hahn and Brenda Buck, Harcourt School Publisher representatives, illustrated how to use supplemental materials that accompany their textbook.

TAH master teachers Richard Cooper and Kevin Lynch led sessions on the Five E's and the History Habits of the Mind

Teachers involved in the grants are Donna Kaye Ashley, Kelsey Blackwell, Cathleen Branscum, Glinda Byers, Elizabeth Cannon, Linda Cantrell, Linda Forrester, Phyllis Harris, Gae Vonne Martin, Rebecca Henderson, Beverly Rinehart, Lisa Shores, Nita Hasler, Barbara Heilaman, Charles Hill, Teresa Mayhue, Jane Owens, Marie Prewett, Sue Sanders, John Stevenson and Claudette Wellington.

Through support from the grants, six teachers helped catalog Native American art while serving as interns for the Seminole Nation Historical Society in Wewoka. They were Donna Kaye Ashley and Gae Vonne Martin from Willard; Lisa Shores from Homer; Marie Prewett from Stratford; John Stevenson from Pickett-Center; and Claudette Wellington from Roff.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence helped three TAH participants attend sessions in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Willard teachers Elizabeth Cannon, Linda Cantrell and Linda Forrester participated in many hands-on activities that they can adapt to their classrooms.

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