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NEH Grants Funding for World History Workshop for Area Teachers

RELEASED: Sept. 7, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The Center for History Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently received a $65,359 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a world history workshop for 20 K-12 teachers from area schools.

The workshop, titled "Teaching Global History Comparisons and Connections," will take place this academic year. It's aimed at preparing teachers for the state's world history curricula and current textbooks that emphasize interconnections and comparisons among people and cultures.

"All history curricula in Wisconsin must align with the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, the AP World History examination and professional development guidelines for teachers in Wisconsin," said project director Dr. Kate Lang, associate professor of history and coordinator of the Center. "Many teachers were not prepared or certified in college to teach world history in a way that will meet today's state standards, so they came to us and said we need this. We're pleased to meet that need with the help of this grant."

The grant is aimed at teachers in CESA 10 and 11, Lang said, noting that participants will be chosen this fall through a competitive process. Workshops will likely begin in December with weekend seminars throughout the semester and a weeklong course in June, she said.

There is no cost to teachers for the workshop. Participants will receive four graduate credits and a $500 stipend. The grant also provides books, tuition and fees for each participant.

The faculty include Lang; Dr. Steve Gosch, UW-Eau Claire professor of history; Dr. Seth Meisel, associate professor of history from UW-Whitewater; Dr. Tom Mounkhall, project master teacher from St. John's University in New York; Heidi Roupp, past president of the World History Association and a high school world history teacher for more than 20 years; Dr. Teresa Sanislo, assistant professor of history at UW-Eau Claire; Dr. John Voll, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; Dr. Matt Waters, associate professor of history at UW-Eau Claire; and Merry Weisner-Hanks, professor of history at UW-Milwaukee.

Lang said Gosch was instrumental in developing the grant application. "Steve has worked on world history projects for 20 years and deserves most of the credit for the success of this grant," she said.

The Center for History Teaching and Learning at UW-Eau Claire was founded in 2001 as a joint venture of the history department and the College of Education and Human Sciences to improve K-12 teacher education in history and to conduct public programs. The Center has received $184,851 for public programs and teacher education programs from NEH and the Wisconsin Humanities Council as well as department of education grants for teacher education in American History, which total nearly $2 million.

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