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I've been so crazy busy lately with standards, I forgot to write about my experience at the Wisconsin Local History and Historic Preservation Conference!
The conference was held at the Madison Sheraton on September 28 & 29, 2012. I found it kind of by accident, and thought this would be a great chance to catch up with people in local historical societies to let them know that I work to get info and resources out to Wisconsin teachers.
I got a ton of information that I need to link to - local historical societies, historic architecture tours, a traveling band that dresses up and plays as if they were from 1864 - how cool would that be?
You can find more information on the Local History and Historic Preservation conference on their home page - and don't forget to mark your calendars for next year in Wisconsin Rapids!
So last week I had a "field trip" day to Milwaukee. Because travel is so limited for state employees, I try to make sure that I hit a lot of things in one trip, so I was able to talk with the social studies coordinator for Milwaukee Public Schools, and go on up to UW-Milwaukee for a little bit.
My content/tie to teachers highlight, though, was a visit to Jewish Museum Milwaukee. and a great visit with the Education Director, Ellie Gettinger. The museum is at 1360 N. Prospect in Milwaukee, very easy to find, and WOW, do they have a lot in that little space!
When you first enter the space, there is an absolutely amazing Chagall tapestry created for the space - it's huge and literally took my breath away with its' beauty. That first room sets the scene for the rest of the museum - an intro video, and an overview of the themes the museum has chosen to represent the Jewish experience in Wisconsin and, more specifically, in Milwaukee.
Entering the museum, it is easy to see the many different directions a teacher could choose to lead students. There are areas of emphasis - immigration, for example, the role of business, and Milwaukee's tie to the worldwide Jewish population. Something that really stuck out for me, though, was the ties to community - you see it over and over in the exhibits, and I honestly don't even think it was meant to be that strong, but there it is.
Educators interested in place-based education/community-based education would find this museum incredibly valuable, as would those with an immigration unit. Teachers looking at Jewish communities, and Judaism in the Milwaukee area would find enormous value in the exhibits, but also in the resources and archives available.
The museum is introducing a traveling trunk program based on immigration. For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-390-5730. They are offering a teacher's Open House on the new program on October 18 from 4 to 6pm at the museum. Great opportunity to find out about the trunk program and see the museum for yourself!
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee is open M - Th from 10am to 4pm, Fridays from 10am to 2pm, and Sundays from noon to 4pm. You can also schedule group tours or see a virtual tour!
So I've been redoing this site to some extent, trying to bring together ideas so I can better serve you, the Wisconsin social studies educator.
To that note, I'm going to use this area of the site to let you know what I've been up to - but in terms of professional development and resources you could use with your students. I started something like this right after I started here at DPI in 2010, but changed direction. I've been thinking about it and would like to return.
I hope your school year has started out great!
I've been spending the last few days getting the new calendar updated and ready for the start of the new school year. Wow, there's a lot of stuff to go in there!
I've added information from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and the Wisconsin Historical Museum, both in Madison on the Capitol Square. I'm looking for more information from other museums around the state and will add them in when I find them.
Enjoy your last week of August before the kids return! :)
I just finished entering a variety of conferences & seminars that EconomicsWisconsin is offering this fall. They include:
Stock Market Simulation Training in Milwaukee Sept 26,
Money Smart Seminar in LaCrosse Sept 30
"Get your students pumped up on personal finance & economics" at Lambeau Field Oct 14,
Money Talks Seminar in Lake Geneva Oct 21
and the 22nd annual meeting of hte Association of School Economcis Teachers (ASET) in Milwaukee on Dec 2.
The Holocaust Center is working with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee (JMM) to present programming around the exhibit featuring Mildred Fish Harnack (this exhibit was at the UW Hillel last year). We are expanding it by writing curriculum for teachers and we have planned a free workshop for teachers on August 11 at the JMM. The Wisconsin schools have Mildred Fish Harnack Day on their calendars (Sept. 16) and we hope to educate the teachers and students so that they have some idea who Mildred Fish Harnack was. (We also are emphasizing the education of students to be “Upstanders” using Mildred as one of the models of some who stood up for what they believed in).