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Regional Education Service Agencies Honor Senator Robert C. Byrd For His Dedication To American History

November 10, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) honored Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., on Friday with the first Teaching American History (TAH)Program Award during a celebration at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston.

“Senator Byrd has worked tirelessly to shine a spotlight on the importance of civic literacy and American history,” said RESA 3 Executive Director Charles Nichols. “I cannot think of a better person to receive the first Teaching American History Program Award.”

RESAs oversee the Teaching American History Program. Beginning with the first grant in 2001, RESAs have received approximately $10 million in TAH grant monies. Two of the TAH grants were awarded directly to Upshur and Hampshire counties.

The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. Grant awards assist schools systems to develop, document, evaluate and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs improve instruction and raise student achievement. As part of the grant, school systems partner with institutions of higher education, nonprofit history or humanities organizations, libraries or museums.

Also honored during the celebration at the Cultural Center were teachers from across the state involved with the TAH Program. The teachers were recognized for student achievement as a result of the program and for the difference the program has made in the way history is taught in their classrooms.

There are eight RESAs throughout West Virginia. Their mission is to provide high quality, cost effective, life-long education programs and services to students, schools, school systems and communities.

For more information contact RESA 3 Executive Director Charles Nichols at (304)766-7655, ext. 125.

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