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ERIC Number: EJ824482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Wisconsin Collaborative United States History Professional Development Program
Zeisler-Vralsted, Dorothy
History Teacher, v36 n2 p221-230 Feb 2003
A fifty million dollar grant program for history education was announced by the United States Department of Education in April 2001. To many in the profession it was almost inconceivable that the study of history would receive such generous funding. While historians were convinced of the merits of improved history education, they had to ask what were the motivations behind the program? On a practical level, however, the grant guidelines seemed to respond to a serious need in the State of Wisconsin, in that history teachers only needed three history courses for certification to teach middle and high school level history. In this article, the author proposes a program called "The Wisconsin Collaborative United States History Professional Development Program." This program represents an effort to address the lack of content preparation with professional development opportunities through the development of K-16 collaborations led by the National Council for History Education (NCHE). The major components of the grant include one pre-colloquia assessment; three, five-day summer colloquia; six, two-day follow-up retreats (two each year); e-mail discussions; and a website--all aimed at improving the knowledge of American history among participating K-12 teachers. Here, the author describes how the program proved successful in improving the knowledge of history teachers in northern and eastern Wisconsin.
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin