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UW-Eau Claire Offers Fellowship Opportunities to History Teachers Throughout Wisconsin

RELEASED: Jan. 9, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, in partnership with a consortium of eight CESA offices, will offer fellowships and graduate credits to 70 Wisconsin educators who teach history to students in grades four-12.

The "Making Americans, Making America: Community, Citizenship, and the Constitution" program is open to history teachers from schools of all sizes throughout most of Wisconsin.

Educators who teach history in CESA districts 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are eligible to apply for the program, which is funded by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Teachers who complete the three-year program can earn up to 15 graduate credits in history at no cost to them; grant dollars will cover the tuition costs, said Oscar Chamberlain, the program's director.

The program will combine the stories of different ethnic groups in Wisconsin with the role of American citizenship and American constitutional history in the lives of these people. In the first year, the teachers will study Native Americas; in the second year they will study European immigrants from about 1820-1920; and in the third year the will focus on groups arriving in the 20th century.

In addition to courses that relate to the ethnic groups, the teaching fellows also will learn from Chippewa Valley Museum staff how to locate and interpret related materials in their own regions. These materials could range from court records to buildings and homes to oral histories.

Most of the instruction will take place during three two-week institutes to be held in June 2006, 2007 and 2008 at UW-Eau Claire, Chamberlain said. Workshops also will be planned within each of the participating CESA districts during the academic year, he said.

For more information, teachers can contact their local CESA office or Chamberlain at chambeob@uwec.edu. Information also is available on the "Making Americans, Making America" Web site, hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Center for History Teaching and Learning.

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