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Here's what some of the teachers who have used The American Promise in their classrooms have to say about the series:


July 17, 1997

To The American Promise:

I want to personally thank you for providing The American Promise. The material has been responsible for effecting great change at our middle school. Several staff members had been attending workshops to find the most appropriate methods for making service learning an integral part of our curriculum. We had been disappointed by the lack of good programs available. Then your material appeared in the mail. To say that we were pleased is a gross understatement.

Since that time several important things have happened. First, I instituted the program during the middle-level summer school session for our district. Then the social studies department at our building adopted the program and plan to incorporate it as the final unit of study for the 1997-98 school year. Our primary goal is to have every eighth-grade student complete a service learning project as an individual, group or team.

The social studies department at Barnwell Middle School believes that the best way to learn social studies is to become an active participant in the process, and that is what is so great about your program. It teaches students how to do that.

If possible, I hope you will be able to provide our school with an additional two copies of the program. We will put it to good use. If that is not possible, thank you anyway for providing such great resource materials. Your program is a winner.

Sincerely,

William G. Vassar
Department Chairperson
Barnwell Middle School
St. Charles, MO


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June 27, 1997

To The American Promise:

My name is Marilyn Jackson. I am a teacher of high school students with learning disabilities. I used The American Promise curriculum and videos in my American Government class. The students really enjoyed the videos. They also enjoyed the debate activities in the curriculum. The students really enjoyed the role-play activity under the hard choices section, in which the class receives money from the school board and has to decide how to spend the money to advance study in a particular area in their class. I wanted to share with you that I received a $300 mini-grant from the local school board to implement this activity during the 1997-98 school year. Thank you so much for the commitment to developing a fun and useful curriculum.

Sincerely,

Marilyn Jackson
Citrate, FL


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To The American Promise:

I use the American Promise materials in several ways:

1. My evening school social studies class contains four to five different credit courses in the same class. Therefore, I have created a core topic around which I build the course. The core topic is decision-making. The American Promise materials provide excellent lead-in and discussion models for this course.

2. I have a course in our department which we call Topics in History. We use the National Issues Foundation materials from the Kettering Foundations. The American Promise materials provide an excellent lead-in to our forums.

3. We have built a citizenship/community service component into our social studies courses at Tech. The American Promise materials provide examples and issues around which this unit can be structured.

Thanks for making this unit available. The newsletter was also very valuable.

Sincerely,

John Kanouse
Social Studies Department Head
Arsenal Tech High School
Indianapolis, IN


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