SOURCE: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

September 02, 2011 20:41 ET

Special Edition Ronald Reagan Centennial High School Curriculum, Created by the University of Virginia's Miller Center, to Be Included in Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's National Football Coin Toss Materials

Written by Tenured 30-Year Social Studies Teacher and PBS Contributor

SIMI VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 2, 2011) - A new high-school civics and social studies curriculum, Reagan in a World Transformed, has been created by the University of Virginia's Miller Center and will be distributed for free to more than 14,000 high schools nationwide by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in early September as part of the Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss.

In honor of President Reagan's 100th birthday, 32 NFL teams, 120 NCAA D1 football teams, all NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) teams, and nearly 14,000 high school teams will be invited to flip a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commemorative Coin at the start of each game played the weekend of September 23-26, 2011. This special curriculum is part of a package of materials, along with the commemorative coin, that will be distributed to participating high schools across the country.

"We are quite pleased to collaborate with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation on this innovative, educational initiative," said Miller Center Director and former Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles. "As the nation's leading institution on the American presidency, the Miller Center is deeply committed to educating the students of our country. This curriculum, in particular, will bring greater understanding of President Reagan, the time in which he lived and governed, and the legacy of his consequential presidency."

In February 2011, the Miller Center joined with the Reagan Presidential Foundation to organize a two-day conference on President Reagan's global legacy, entitled "Reagan in a World Transformed, 1989-2011." The deliberations of this conference were adapted into a series of lesson plans in accordance with the standards of learning of all 50 states. These lesson plans, as well as additional Miller Center resources on the presidency, comprise the special curriculum.

The author of the lesson plans, Greg Timmons, has been a social-studies teacher for more than 30 years. He has written numerous lessons for NewsHour Extra. He is also a freelance curriculum writer and education consultant for various PBS programs including FRONTLINE and PBS NewsHour.

Already, more than 60 major universities such as the University of Virginia, University of Alabama, University of Southern California, and the University of Texas have signed up to participate in the National Coin Toss during the weekend of September 23-26. Schools from coast to coast and nearly every state will toss the Reagan Centennial Coin that weekend.

"With support from the University of Virginia's Miller Center, now, in addition to 'flipping one for the Gipper,' nearly 14,000 high schools will have the opportunity to learn more about America's 40th President," said Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration Stewart McLaurin.

President Reagan played high school football in Illinois, started his career as a radio college football broadcaster, and played a number of iconic football roles in movies such as Knute Rockne: All American, where he uttered the famous line, "Win one for the Gipper!" In 1985, via video feed from the Oval Office, he also flipped the coin to start Super Bowl XIX.

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration is a historic, year-long celebration throughout 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, February 6, 1911.

About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center and The Air Force One Pavilion. Located in Simi Valley, California the Library houses 63 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America's 40th President.

About the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

The Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration is a year-long historic celebration of the 100th birthday of America's 40th President. It is sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

About the University of Virginia's Miller Center

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges. Based at the University of Virginia, with offices in Charlottesville and in Washington, DC, the Miller Center is committed to work grounded in rigorous scholarship and advanced through civil discourse.

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