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Area Teachers to Earn Graduate Certificates
in Public History May 5

RELEASED: May 2, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Teachers from more than a dozen area schools will earn graduate certificates May 5 after completing the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's "Learning By Doing: Public History in the Classroom" program.

The 21 teachers will be honored during a ceremony at 5 p.m. May 5 in the Hibbard Hall penthouse at UW-Eau Claire. The teachers' history research projects will be displayed during the program. The "Learning By Doing" teachers and faculty will be available to discuss the program before and after the ceremony.

Each graduating teacher will receive a certificate from UW-Eau Claire's history department and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Two teachers, Jon Dodge of Durand High School and Jenny Luedtke of Meyer Middle School in River Falls, will be featured speakers during the event. John Mann, assistant professor of history and "Learning By Doing" project director, will be the event's host. "Learning By Doing" co-directors, Chad Ronnander of the history department and Joe Maurer of CESA-10, also will attend the ceremony.

Others who will attend and speak briefly include Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Jane Pederson, professor of history and director of the history graduate program; Susan McLeod, director of the Chippewa Valley Museum; Roger Tlusty, chair of the foundation of education department in the College of Education and Human Sciences; and representatives from CESAs 10 and 11.

The "Learning By Doing" program is a two-year, 15-credit graduate program in U.S. and public history that is designed especially forWisconsin teachers.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the "Teaching American History" grant program, with the mission of enhancing the teaching of U.S. history in America's elementary, middle school and high school classrooms.

Through the program, UW-Eau Claire provides all-expenses-paid graduate fellowships to every teacher accepted as a "Learning By Doing" fellow.

The graduating fellows have completed courses in U.S. history and project-based history teaching methods. In addition, they have completed capstone projects that include a public presentation of their original local history research project and a full curricular guide for teaching history related to their project.

Five of this year's graduates also are scheduled to receive master's degrees from UW-Eau Claire in 2007. Two students completed their master's in education and professional development in April; one is scheduled to complete a master's in education and professional development in August; and two others are nearing completion of their master's degrees in history. The "Learning By Doing" program was a central component in each teacher's graduate program.

"'Learning By Doing' has been a tremendously productive collaboration between the university and northwestern Wisconsin's larger educational community," Ronnander said. "These teachers are working hard to advance the learning of U.S. and Wisconsin history in the schools in this part of the state, and to connect their students to the histories and people in the communities in which they live. Their successes, and their students' successes, have been great."

The history department and the university's Center for History Teaching and Learning collaborate with the Chippewa Valley Museum and CESAs 10 and 11 to offer the courses and workshops. More than 100 other teachers are currently associated with "Learning By Doing" fellows or study group members.

The May graduates from the third class of "Learning By Doing" fellows brings to 50 the total number of teachers who have completed the program.

The spring 2007 graduating "Learning by Doing" teachers/fellows are:

Dan Beck, Unity High School in Balsam Lake
Brenda Boucher, Somerset Middle School
Jake Cimino, Viking Middle School in Baldwin-Woodville
Sue Covill, Meyer Middle School in River Falls
Mary Anne Crawford, Somerset High School
Steve Dauscher, Osceola Middle School
Terry Day, Webster Elementary School
Jon Dodge, Durand High School
Taryl Graetz, River Falls High School
Chris Hamp, Butternut High School
Diane Jameson, Spring Valley Elementary School
Corey Klinge, Meyer Middle School in River Falls
J Kluz, Hudson High School
Kevin Knoke, Hudson School District Elementary
Jenny Luedtke, Meyer Middle School in River Falls
Sue Ruble, Clear Lake Middle School
Jeff Schmidt, North High School in Eau Claire
Gaelyn Sears, Frederic Elementary School
Grachia Solie, Grantsburg Middle School
Brenda Steward, Menomonie School District
Dan Tripp, Riverview Middle School in Barron

For more information about the program or the graduation event, contact Chad Ronnander, co-director of the "Learning By Doing" graduate program and a UW-Eau Claire history instructor, at ronnancd@uwec.edu.

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JB

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