The History of Wisconsin (P-12)
Instructor: Ted Mainella
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
Partner Course Fee: $695
This three credit continuing education graduate course is intended to provide broad-based knowledge of teaching state history as dictated by the Wisconsin state standards. These standards reflect the history of the State as reflected by the research assignments. Cultural, ethnic, economic, environmental, scientific, industrial, political and historical perspectives will be discussed in order to strengthen student knowledge and understanding of Wisconsin heritage. These content areas will be related to the theoretical base and relevant methods of instruction. This course will aid in student understanding of the role Wisconsin plays nationally and globally, while examining the importance of Wisconsin state history as part of the P-12 curriculum. The projected outcome is to provide classroom teachers, especially, but not only, those required to teach this topic at both the elementary and secondary levels, with the knowledge, understanding and methodologies needed to help students of participants achieve higher achievement levels in their knowledge of Wisconsin history. Many new ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated.
As a result of participation in this course, participants should know and understand and/or be able to:
1. Understand the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts of the course.
2. Develop knowledge and understanding of what the history of Wisconsin is and why it is important to the K-12 curriculum.
3. Help the student understand how the environmental and scientific value of Wisconsin’s natural resources influence the nation and the world and the challenges the state currently faces.
4. Help the student to integrate specific representations of Wisconsin history into a multi-disciplinary approach to historical and economic simulation games based on the history of Wisconsin.
5. Assist the student in understanding Wisconsin’s agricultural history and the evolution of industry and tourism.
6. Develop knowledge and understanding of how Wisconsin’s social and political policies have shaped the state and set the standard for others.
7. Help the student develop an understanding of how to gather and implement primary sources to use in teaching the history of Wisconsin while exercising specific strategies that will help students to understand and retain content.
8. Develop knowledge and understanding of planning and implementing student driven lessons on the history of Wisconsin.
9. Help the student develop a specific plan to incorporate appropriate segments of this course.
10. Possess a working knowledge and understanding of the related research and resources available on the subject.
11. Help students achieve higher achievement levels in Wisconsin history.
The required reading is found in limited segments of text listed below and a series of article reprints (distributed in class). Articles may also be found online at the Wisconsin Historical Society Website (http://www.wisconsinhistory.org). Please be prepared to discuss the assigned readings listed for each class meeting. The texts are:
Current, R. (2001). History of Wisconsin. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company.
Kasparek, J., Malone, B., & Schock, E. (2004). Wisconsin history highlights: Delving into the past. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.
You will be directed to the IGS website for registration.