Online Teacher Professional Development

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,513
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
In Progress
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, History Partnerships.
Appropriation Language

History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$60,513
Direct expenses
$60,513
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.35
Project Overview

Partner: The Minnesota Humanites Center

To help with the challenges of scarce funding and restrictions on out-of-school training, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Humanities Center are developing two professional development courses for teachers to access online, anywhere, anytime. The courses will reinforce the revised social studies standards and meet teachers' scheduling needs, creating greater teacher access and more cost-efficient delivery of programs. The first online professional development offering, African-American History in Minnesota, launched in September 2012. The course, designed for grade K–12 teachers, includes national history context, Minnesota content, individual stories of Minnesota African-Americans, and classroom-ready activities using primary sources. It provides teachers with content that will help them integrate more of Minnesota's African-American history into U.S. and Minnesota history courses. The next course, which focuses on a more general history of Minnesota, will launch in spring 2013.

Project Details
The Minnesota Humanites Center and the Minnesota Historical Society will develop three online professional development courses for teachers to access at their convenience. The courses will reinforce the revised social studies standards and meet teachers scheduling needs. The result will be increased teacher access and more cost-efficient delivery of programs. New models for delivering professional development courses to teachers are necessary due to district funding cuts and restrictions on out-of-school training.
Project Manager
First Name
Kevin
Last Name
Maijala
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
651-259-3442