Welcome to WASAH
Overview of the Wisconsin Academy for the Study of American History (WASAH)
In June 2007, CESA 6 received its second federal Teaching American History (TAH) grant award from the U.S. Dept. of Education, more than $998,000 for three years, to coordinate and deliver additional professional development programming and opportunities to grade 4-12 teachers of U.S. history. This new programming, entitled the WASAH Project, (or the Wisconsin Academy for the Study of American History) is more expansive in scope than CESA 6's first TAH project, and targets teachers from schools located within the regions served by CESAs 6, 7 and 9.
K-12 Teacher Participants:
In Year 1, the WASAH Project enrolled 51 teachers of U.S. history to participate in program activities for 3 years, starting with the April 26, 2008 kickoff workshop at UW-Marathon County. Year 1 ran from the July 2008 Summer Institute at UW-Marathon County through May 2009. In Year 2, 44 teachers enrolled in the program activities running from the July 2009 Summer Institute through the spring of 2010. Currently, 45 teachers are enrolled in Year 3, which started with the July 2010 summer institute at UW-Green Bay and will run through the conclusion of the 2010-2011 school year. The WASAH Program serves teachers of U.S. history and Wisconsin history in grades 4-12, as well as other social studies teachers, grade 4-5 elementary teachers, and other teachers (e.g., English and American Literature teachers) who extensively incorporate U.S. history themes into their curriculum.
Project activities for each year include a 5-6 day summer academy in late July, visits to historical content provider sites throughout the state, and two full-day workshops and six half-day seminars throughout the subsequent school year. (Participants must attend a minimum of two of those seminars.) Activities and programming for Year 3 will include the following:
(1) Thursday evening, Sept. 23rd, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at UW-Oshkosh Forrest Polk Library -- Book discussion with Jeff Pickron, Chs. 20-22, David Kennedy's "Freedom from Fears"; time to conduct online and hands-on historical research, including review of primary documents at the Area Research Center.
(2) Saturday, Nov. 6th, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UW-Marathon County -- Book discussion with Brett Barker, Chs. 20-22, David Kennedy's "Freedom from Fear." Also, UW-Stevens Point professor Shanny Tuft will give a presentation entitled "American Religious Pluralism." The seminar will take place at the Terrace Room on the first floor of the main campus building.
(3) Wednesday evening, Dec. 8th, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at CESA 7 in Green Bay -- The primary activity will include a presentation and discussion facilitated by UW-Green Bay professor Kendall Staggs, focusing on the theme of "American Freedom and US-Middle East Relations since 9/11." More information soon to follow.
(1) Saturday, Jan. 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Oshkosh-- Book discussion with Stephen Kercher (UW Oshkosh) on chapters from Rick Perlstein's "Nixonland." Will also include additional activities, to be announced later this fall.
(2) Tuesday evening, Feb. 8th, 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Wausau -- Book discussion with Brett Barker on chapters from Rick Perlstein's "Nixonland." Will also include additional activities, to be announced later this fall.
(3) Saturday, April 16th, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CESA 7 in Green Bay -- Activities to be announced at a later date.
WASAH Topics & Themes:
The WASAH Project will feature U.S. history content themes and topics that focus around the unifying theme of "American freedom." This theme was selected to promote the exploration and study of the many eras, events and persons comprising U.S. history through the perspectives of economic, political, social and religious freedom. This project will help teacher participants and their students to better understand how various events, persons and activities defined, impacted, and expanded and restricted how and whether various American groups enjoyed freedom politically, economically, socially, and so on. This approach will help all to make greater sense of the significance of our nation's history, how events or persons have affected various groups, and how seemingly unrelated events or eras are in fact connected. Specific topics and themes for the Year 2 Summer Institute, workshops and seminars are currently being developed by WASAH leadership, and will focus around the sub-theme of "Expansion of American Freedom."
CESA 6 will partner with the history departments for UW-Oshkosh, UW-Marathon County and UW-Green Bay in the design, coordination and implementation of all project activities and services. Those lead partners will also collaborate with the Wisconsin Historical Society, CESA 7, CESA 9, Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Outagamie Museum in Appleton, the Marathon County Historical Society, other area museums and historical societies, and the Archives and Area Research Centers at UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay and UW-Stevens Point in the delivery of project activities and resources.