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Media Memo: Local Teachers Involved In NEH-Funded Program to Improve Teaching of Global History to present final projects

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: Sept. 25, 2006

SUBJECT: Local Teachers Involved In NEH-Funded Program to Improve Teaching of Global History to present final projects

Teaching Global History: Comparisons and Connections, a year-long workshop funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and offered through UW-Eau Claire's Center for History Teaching and Learning, will culminate in a weekend session during which participants will present new lessons they have developed over the past year. The program is designed to help elementary and secondary teachers make greater use of primary sources for history research, review their content knowledge in world history and develop lessons based on the most recent scholarship.

The program is also designed to have a ripple effect; participants are required to conduct in-service workshops through CESA 10 and 11, sharing their updated knowledge with many other Wisconsin teachers.

A local teacher and several recent graduates of UW-Eau Claire's teaching program are among the 20 Wisconsin teachers who will meet with UW-Eau Claire's history professor Kate Lang, director of the program, to present and discuss the new lessons they've developed, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

Renee Barth, a teacher at North High School, and Stefanie Long, of Menomonie, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in December 2005 and just started her first teaching job at Walworth Middle School, are available to talk with reporters about their experiences with this innovative program to improve history teaching in Wisconsin. Casey Drake, another December 2005 UW-Eau Claire teaching graduate, originally from Rhinelander, is another participant willing to share his experiences. Drake just started teaching in Lake Geneva.

Barth 715-432-2764

Long 715-505-1474 or Stefanie.long@walworth.k12.wi.us

Drake 715-828-4583 or drakecr@uwec.edu

For more information about the program, contact Lang at 715-836-4765 or langkh@uwec.edu.

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