Lendol Calder recently led two all-day workshops on "Women and the American Revolution" for 60 Iowa elementary and middle school teachers participating in a 3-year Teaching American History Grant program (TAH) called "Learning Through History." The goal of the $800,000 local grant, for which Augustana College is a co-sponsor, is to improve teaching and learning in history by training teachers to use historical texts when teaching reading and social studies. Through the fifth year of the Teaching American History Grant Program, the US Department of Education has awarded 500 competitive grants to programs in fifty states totalling $500,000,000. This is the second TAH grant Augustana and Lendol has been involved with, and his 18th workshop for teachers involved in a TAH grant.
At the annual convention in Boston on November 18, Ellen Hay received the National Communication Association's Assessment Award for her contributions to the field. Hay was also asked to assist in editing the 3rd revision of Large Scale Assessment of Oral Communication.
Charlie Mahaffey and Norm Moline recently taught classes for the Rock Island County University of Illinois Extension's Master Naturalist Program. Norm's presentation was entitled, "Land Use Management and Planning." Charlie's was entitled "Learning To Live In Upper Mississippi River Valley."
Norm Moline has been invited to give a presentation on "Geographical Perspectives on Asia " at the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia Seminar at Alverno College, Milwaukee, on Jan. 21st.
Larry Peterson attended a week-long Composers' Fellowship with world-renowned composer, arranger and conductor, Alice Parker, at her studio in the Berkshires in northern Massachusetts from Oct 17- Oct 23, 2005. Larry also presented a worship entitled "ABC's for Church Musicians" at the ICMEA gathering held here in October 2005 and he will be presenting a workshop at the IMEA State Conference in Peoria , IL on Jan. 27, 2006 entitled "Building the Basic Church Choral Library." Neil A. Kjos Company has offered Larry a second publishing contract for a piece composed for the Augie Choir. It is a SATB work with organ accompaniment entitled "None Other Lamb"; a setting of a Christina Rosetti poem. It was premiered May 22, 2004 by the Augie choir during the Music Festival concert.
Lisa Seidlitz recently submitted three reviews that will be published in the next two issues of the German teachers' journal Die Unterrichtspraxis . She reviewed a German textbook package, a new edition of a learners' monolingual dictionary, and a supplemental activities manual.
Warren Fincher recently returned from the NASCO Co-operative Training and Educational Institute, a trade conference for student-run businesses. He had been invited by NASCO to conduct two workshops. The first focused on strengthening gender-equity politicies in housing cooperatives and worker collectives. The other examined student cooperative businesses through the lens of social movement theory and queried whether cooperatives are meeting their goals in their local, national, and global contexts.
NASCO (the North American Students of Co-operation) is a bi-national non-profit organization that serves to provide educational resources and networking opportunities to student cooperative businesses. The Institute is an annual conference that typically attracts over 400 student co-operators and 50 co-op managers from the United States and Canada.