Thursday, May 9, 2013

Redd Center Teaching Award and More Professional Development Opportunities

Have you ever wanted to attend the Western History Association Conference?

The Western History Association and the Charles Redd Center is pleased to announce the that the Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award for K-12 Teachers is open for application. The award will enable four teachers to attend and present at the Western History Association Annual Conference, held this year in Tucson, Arizona, October 9th-12th. The award includes conference registration, award banquet ticket, ticket to the opening reception, and $500 towards conference related costs such asa hotel, travel, conference tours, or Continuing Education Credits. Selected teachers will present their lesson at the panel "Teaching the Vital Signs: K-12 Teachers and the Western Environment." More information will soon be posted on the Awards page of the Western History Association website. You can find links to past winners’ lesson plans here.

Questions can be addressed to Leisl Carr Childers, Visiting Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University at lcarrchilders@gmail.com.

Looking for Professional Development closer to home (and with renewal units)?

Consider joining Dr. Gregory Cajete and many other dynamic speakers at the First International Native Games Conference. It is sure to be an exciting and enjoyable experience with plenty of hands-on activities you can bring back to your classrooms. June 26-28, 2013, hosted by Salish Kootenai Tribal College and the International Traditional Games Society, Pablo.
This is a unique conference intended to offer both a historical perspective of cultural values and purpose of the traditional native games, as well as explore the importance of restoring the games as relevant tools for social development for today's youth and family. Register and more information here.

Jim Bruggerman of Montana Council for History and Civics Education alerted me to an upcoming free Civic Education Institute for middle and high school social studies, history, and government teachers, sponsored by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, in Helena, August 5-6, 2013. The workshop will include training on iCivics (a web-based interactive program supported by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor); incorporating the role of Montana tribal governments into civics education; additional civics education resources from Projet Vote Smart, Mission US, and We the People; and aligning civic engagement with the Montana Common Core Standards and Indian Education for All. OPI is offering $50 travel stipends for out-of towners. You can register here or contact Terry Kendrick, tkendrick@mt.gov for more information.

My FREE workshop in Miles City on June 21 still has some room. Additional information and registration information here.http://mhs.mt.gov/education/2013SummerEDWorkshop.asp 

Other great opportunities here.

p.s. Don’t forget to apply for your scholarship to attend next year’s Montana History Conference, September 19-21 in Sidney.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. September 4, 2013. Awards will be announced Monday, September 9.
P.p.s. My recent post on fake facebook resources garnered several responses. Marla Unruh pointed me toward Fakebook. Via the Montana Council on History and Civics Education Facebook page, I learned about this review of several other fake facebook templates

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