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is "Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and
Service," a collaboration between National History Day, the National
Archives and Records Administration, the Corporation for National and
Community Service, the USA Freedom Corps, and the government web-
site, FIRSTGOV. It focuses on loo milestone documents selected by Na-
tional History Day and the National Archives that shaped the American
The President announced a national essay contest entitled the "Idea of
America Essay Contest" targeted to high school students and focusing on
"principles and ideals of America," and said that plans were in the works
for a White House Forum on American History and Civic Education that
would take place at a future unspecified time. "We will discuss new poli-
cies to improve the teaching of history and civics in elementary and sec-
ondary schools, and in our colleges and universities," he said. "We will
hear from educators and scholars about ways to better monitor students'
understanding of American history and civics, and how to make more of
our great national treasures, how to make them more accessible and
more relevant to the lives of our students."
Texas History Day and National History Day are yearlong, nonprofit
education programs dedicated to improving the teaching and learning
of history in schools across the country through publications and educa-
tion programs. Over 700,000 students annually participate in the pro-
gram, which encourages them to develop critical thinking and research
skills by creating exhibits, performances, documentaries, and papers they
may enter in competitions at the district, state, and national levels. More
than fifty Texas students qualified for participation in National History
We would like to acknowledge the devoted help of three longtime
friends and volunteers who have assisted us with the educational program
for years, Elizabeth Battle of Houston, Danny Corbett of Copperas Cove,
and John Britt of Lee College in Baytown, and some devoted staff work on
the part of Melissa Huddleston, Evelyn Stehling, Doug Barnett, and oth-
ers who put in a lot of hours to be sure that we met our goals.
Several additions to the online Handbook of Texas are in preparation for
this fall. Our educational consultants, Marsha Crow of Round Rock ISD
and Michel Hinton of Houston ISD, have completed curriculum align-
ment tools for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for both
4th- and 7th-grade-level social studies. The alignment tools, which are on-
line at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/tools/index.html, provide teachers
with immediate access to the Handbook articles of most relevance to spe-
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