Fifty public school teachers from throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley conducted a field study of Madera County’s historic Mordecai Ranch on Saturday.
The cohort of educators is working under a federal grant designed to enhance the teaching of history in public schools.
The visit to Madera is part of a program directed by educational consultants from the Fresno County Office of Education and historians from the Fresno County Historical Society, who are regional leaders in the nationwide Teaching American History (TAH) grant program. They are conducting workshops, classroom strategy sessions, and field studies for the consortium of teachers.
Saturday’s visit to the Mordecai Ranch was part of the program’s study of early colony farming in the San Joaquin Valley...