The Teaching American History (TAH) Grant program is a discretionary program funded under Title II-C, Subpart 4 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The goal of this grant program is to support local educational agencies (LEA's) in raising student achievement through the improvement of teachers' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of American history. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of American history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, funded LEA grant programs will improve instruction and thus, raise student achievement. Over the course of a three-year grant award, the program measures and evaluates how local educational agencies (i.e. school districts or consortiums) partner with institutions of expertise in American history and collaboratively work together to ensure that teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to teach American history in an exciting and engaging way. In short, school districts must demonstrate the development of a comprehensive professional development approach for providing high-quality American history instruction where students will develop an greater appreciation for the ideas presented in American history.

Since 2005, the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) has been fortunate to have been awarded two Teaching American History Grants each worth $1,000,000 dollars. Based on its prior experiences and grant performance, the district received a continuation award in July 2011 for the amount of $667,000 to support two further years of professional development in traditional American history. The Riverside Unified School District Teaching American History (TAH) Grant program supports professional development programming targeted at raising student achievement through the improvement of its teachers' knowledge, understanding, appreciation and instructional delivery of traditional American history. The two Teaching American History Grants awarded to the Riverside Unified School District have assisted our district, in collaboration with our higher learning partners, in designing, demonstrating and implementing an effective, research-based professional development program in American history.

Information for RUSD History-Social Science teachers in Grades 7-12 regarding American History or Constitutional curriculum can be found online in Haiku at the RUSD Teaching American History (TAH) Page. 
Haiku Log-In is not required since RUSD TAH is maintained as a public site.

Academic research and study resources for RUSD Parents and Students may be obtained at the RUSD TAH Resources Page.

Additional information may also be obtained by contacting:

Michael P. Gull

Staff Development Specialist, Teaching American History Project

TAH Project Coordinator-TAH Webmaster

Phone: 951-788-7135 extension 45138

Fax: 951-328-2921


Click here for the RUSD TAH Haiku webpage