George Mason University has received a five-year, $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to build and run an interactive web site that trains the nation’s elementary and high school history teachers in their craft. The new National History Education Clearinghouse is funded by ED’s Teaching American History program, which supports professional development opportunities for teachers in that field. The site will include features such as a searchable database of state history standards, customizable lesson plans, and online discussion forums with education experts on current trends in teaching American history. Kelly Schrum, director of educational projects at George Mason’s Center for History and New Media, said the site is designed to be the most comprehensive resource available for instructors specializing in American history. "There are a lot of clearinghouses and professional training in science and math, but not in history," Schrum told The Examiner of Washington, D.C. "This is really an outgrowth of our overall mission."