Teaching Global History: Comparisons and Connections
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (2005-06), Teaching Global History was designed to help fifteen K-12 teachers review their content knowledge in World History and develop lessons based on the most recent scholarship. The workshop plan was consistent with the basic outline of AP World History. Teachers met in weekend sessions as they worked and completed their lessons during a summer institute (2006). Weekend sessions and the Summer Institute were led by faculty who are nationally known leaders in World History. Teachers received four graduate credits in History for their work.
Our Town Augusta: History in Public Places
The Center for History Teaching and Learning was a partner in this project which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Schools for the New Millennium Program (2002-2004). Our Town Augusta: History in Public Places sought to improve instruction in the humanities and social studies at Augusta Middle/High School. Project Director, Kate Lang, Associate Professor in the Dept. of History, and Co-Director, Roger Tlusty, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Foundations of Education created an opportunity for Augusta teachers of grades 6-12 to work with staff from the Chippewa Valley Museum, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, and the Upper Midwest Conservation Association, as well as university faculty with expertise in history, art, and educational technology. Augusta teachers developed interdisciplinary, project-based, standards-based, units that engaged their students in historical inquiry about their town and presented their research to the community of Augusta. As part of this process, students added an "Augusta wing" to the Virtual Museum of the Chippewa Valley. This virtual museum, created by project co-director Roger Tlusty, Professor in the Dept. of Foundations of Education at UW-Eau Claire, is a collection of more than 1000 images of documents, photographs, and objects depicting life in the Chippewa Valley that is catalogued in an internet accessible database (maintained at CESA 10).
Understanding Islam in the Middle East
Funded by a Wisconsin Humanities Council Major Grant, the Center was a partner in this program (fall 2002). Project Director, Kate Lang, Associate Professor, Dept. of History brought together nationally-known scholars in the field of Islamic studies for a series of lectures on identity and conflict, justice, civil society and families in the Middle East. Showings of three contemporary films from the Middle East and North Africa that depict the complexities of Islamic life today complemented the lecture series. The Center is committed to further programming to engage the public in historical inquiry relevant to current events.