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Tip Sheet for the Week of Oct. 17, 2005

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UW-Eau Claire's Center for History, Teaching and Learning was established in 2001 as a collaborative effort between the history department and the College of Education and Human Sciences to help meet the professional development needs of K-12 history teachers. Since its creation, the Center — the only one of its kind in the UW System — has received significant grant dollars to support public programs and teacher education programs to improve the quality of history teaching in schools throughout Wisconsin. The Center has been a partner in three history teaching programs funded by U.S. Department of Education grants, including the $1.5 million grant announced earlier this month. The Center — led by Kate Lang, an associate professor of history, and Roger Tlusty, professor of foundations of education — helps the university build partnerships with K-12 teachers, the Chippewa Valley Museum and CESA. Strong partnerships among those groups are unusual but increasingly important given changes in state and federal education requirements. New state legislation — known as PI 34 — changed how teacher education programs are evaluated and changed requirements for licensing teachers. It makes teachers more accountable, emphasizes assessment and requires teacher education programs to work closely with PK-12 educators. The Center and the programs it supports will be models for other teacher education programs. For information about the Center, contact Kate Lang at (715) 836- 4765 or langkh@uwec.edu, or Roger Tlusty at (715) 836-4967 or tlustyrh@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire's health care administration program received accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators for the first time in the program's nearly 30-year history.
It's now one of only five NAB-accredited colleges and universities in the country. The program attracts top students thanks in part to its creation of the Center for Health and Aging Services Excellence, which brings health care professionals together with faculty and students. With private dollars and grant funds gained through CHASE, the program funds student scholarships, student research, practicum stipends, leadership training and various initiatives. With 140 majors and graduate certificate students, UW-Eau Claire's program is the only program of its kind in the country that's growing. Bringing even more students into the program is important because nationally there's a shortage of people going into the health care administration field. And as the baby boomer generation ages, having qualified people to help care for them is more important than ever. For details, contact Jennifer Johs-Artisensi at (715) 836-3589 or johsarjl@uwec.edu or Douglas Olson at (715) 836-5067 or olsondou@uwec.edu.

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Parents' Weekend at UW-Eau Claire is slated for Oct. 21-23.
During the weekend, the university welcomes students' parents to campus. Parents can attend a football game, a planetarium show and physics demonstration by campus professors, enjoy an entertainment showcase featuring De'Anna the Hypno Chick and comedian/magician Tim Gabrielson. Parents also can hear UW-Eau Claire Jazz students perform at the Big Band Era Concert on Friday night or Saturday afternoon. For details about the weekend, contact student Sarah Darnall at (715) 855-3870 or nrhh@uwec.edu.

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