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Grantee: Cooperative Educational Service Agency #12, Ashland, WI
Project Name: Cross River History Education Consortium
Project Director: Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (540) 463-7386
Funding: $876,372
Number of Teachers Served: 26
Number of School Districts Served: 22
Number of Students Served: No information available

Districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota will partner with the National Council on History Education (NCHE) and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to provide an intensive professional development program in history education for K-8th grade teachers. Major program components include a pre-colloquia assessment including participant input, 3 5-day colloquia focusing on "People, Places and Events," 6 2-day retreats, email conferrals, and creation of a project web site. Largely content-based, the program allows participants to earn the equivalent of a college minor, encourages professional networking through establishment of state chapters of NCHE, and familiarizes teachers with primary sources as a strategy for developing student participation in National History Day.


Grantee: Cooperative Educational Service Agency #10, Chippewa Falls, WI
Project Name: Teaching American History
Project Director: Patricia T. Turner (715) 878-9678
Funding: $999,822
Number of Teachers Served: 220
Number of School Districts Served: 30
Number of Students Served: 5,205

The school districts will work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Museum, and National History Day, Inc., to provide an intensive professional development public history program for American history teachers in grades 4-12 in 30 school districts in west-central Wisconsin. The 12-15 credit certificate year-round "Learning by Doing" program includes content courses, hands-on experience in methods, technology uses and group assessments, peer mentoring, design and implementation of curriculum modules, student projects, and an 80-hour internship in museum settings. The school districts and partners will collaborate in designing and implementing standardized classroom tests as part of the overall effort to strengthen teacher knowledge of American history.


Grantee: Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 7, Green Bay, WI
Project Name: Northeast Wisconsin Teaching American History Program
Project Director: James S. Cole (920) 492-5960
Funding: $822,146
Number of Teachers Served: 210
Number of School Districts Served: 20
Number of Students Served: No information available

Designed collaboratively with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, this professional development program for American history teachers has 5 additional partners: Wisconsin Historical Society's Area Research Center, Neville Public Museum, Heritage Hill State Park, Voyageur Magazine, and Institute for Learning Partnership. Activities include 2 summer institutes and 6 Saturday workshops yearly; creation of a companion website and CD-ROM for each institute that would be available to all teachers; development of 3 supplementary teaching issues of Voyageur Magazine based on workshop discussions; and organization of National History Day events in the region. Teachers from all 70 urban and rural schools in the region will participate on a first-come-first serve basis, with efforts made to ensure participation from underachieving schools. Year 1 topics cover the Constitution, Progressive era, American military history since the Civil and Cold Wars. Content knowledge is combined with education on effective U.S. history teaching, site visits, and development of historical methods and professional tools.


 
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