- What is MAMA?
MAMA is the acronym for Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution. In it, K-12 teachers from much of Wisconsin took graduate credit courses that looked at the story of America as seen through the lens of Wisconsin immigration history.
MAMA is conducted in partnership with the UWEC History Department, the UWEC Center for History Teaching and Learning, the Chippewa Valley Museum, CESA 10, and a consortium of CESAs across the state.
- Who funded MAMA?
MAMA received its funding from the United States Department of Education through the auspices of the Teaching American History (TAH) Grant Program. Originally started by Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia during the 1990's, this small program has since grown to now encompass over 300 grant programs throughout all 50 states.
- What is a CESA?
CESA is an acronym for a Cooperative Educational Services Agency. The role of a CESA is to provide educational services to school districts in Wisconsin that they would otherwise be unable to provide. CESAs often provide for curriculum development, testing and assessment, special education, technology, and professional development. These 12 governmental agencies each have their own region and have a headquarter city. CESA 10 was the lead agency for this grant.
- Which CESA's belong to the consortium for MAMA?
Along with CESA 10, CESAs 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, and 12 belonged to the consortium for MAMA. MAMA participants came from throughout the region highlighted on the map.
- What is the UWEC Center for History Teaching and Learning?
The UWEC Center for History Teaching and Learning is a joint effort of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences. The Center develops and coordinates programming that aligns with the K-12 standards as well as Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction rules for teacher licensing, professional development and mentoring. The Center also engages in programming to bring history to the general public. It is the Center’s responsibility to maintain the MAMA website after the grant ended.
- What is the Chippewa Valley Museum?
The Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM), a regional history museum accredited by the American Association of Museums. It provided instruction for the Making Americans, Making America Summer Institutes and coordination and instruction for its regional one-credit workshops. In particular, it instructed participating teachers in how to use public history interpretation to interpret primary materials effectively.