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Area Teachers to Earn Graduate Certificates In Public History May 3

RELEASED: April 30, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Teachers from more than a dozen area schools will earn graduate certificates May 3 after completing the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's "Learning By Doing: Public History in the Classroom" program.

The 17 teachers will be honored during a May 3 ceremony in the Hibbard Hall penthouse. The reception will begin at 5 p.m. The teachers' history research projects will be on display during the event and the teachers will be available to discuss "Learning by Doing" before and after the ceremony, as will LBD staff members.

Amy Lund, LaFarge, will be the event's featured speaker. Dr. John Mann, assistant professor of history and "Learning by Doing" project director, will serve as host. "Learning By Doing" co-director Joe Maurer from CESA 10 also will be present.

Others who will speak at the event include: Dr. Donald Christian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Jane Pederson, professor of history and director of the history graduate program; Susan McLeod, director of the Chippewa Valley Museum; Dr. Gail Scukanec, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences; and representatives from CESAs 10 and 11.

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

The "Learning By Doing" program is a two-year, 15-credit graduate program in United States and public history that is designed especially for Wisconsin 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, each has completed a capstone project that includes a public presentation of their own original local history research project and a full curricular guide for teaching history related to their project.

"'Learning by Doing' has been a tremendously productive collaboration between the university and the larger educational community throughout northwestern Wisconsin," said Chad Ronnander, the program's former co-director. "These teachers are working hard to advance the learning of United States and Wisconsin history in the schools in our part of the state, and to connect their students to the histories and people in the communities they live in. Their successes, and their students' successes, have been great."

The history department and its 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 have been associated with "Learning by Doing" as fellows or study group members.

The May graduates form the fourth and final class of "Learning by Doing."

The spring 2008 graduating "Learning by Doing" teachers/fellows are: Heidi Anderson, Eagan, Minn.; Jessica Brantner, Eau Claire; William Dallas, Medford; Ross Hackbarth, Medford; Chad Hanson, Thorp; Linda Henning, Eau Claire; Todd Kornack, Strum; Sarah Lilly, Eau Claire; Amy Lund,Viroqua; Rebecca Mattson, Eau Claire; Chris Hamp, Butternut High School; Patricia Mory, Ellsworth; Corey Nazer, Medford; William Nelson, Rice Lake; Thomas Ropella, Menomonie; Paul Schommer, Hudson; Lisa Sedlock, Chippewa Falls; and Amanda Wicklund, Deer Park.

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