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Fall 2014 Montana Council for History and Civics Education Newsletter
From: Jim Bruggeman, Executive Director, The Montana Council for History and Civics Education
To: MCHCE members and friends:

It’s MCHCE membership renewal time. We encourage you to renew you membership to help MCHCE keep moving forward. If you are a dues-paying member, you will receive your last complementary issue of Montana: The Magazine of Western History in a month or so.  Just to remind you that anyone who pays the $30 fee, will receive a full year’s subscription to Montana, which is the Montana Historical Society’s history magazine. (We are sorry to say that we are no longer able to offer Cicero as a benefit of membership because MCHCE’s introductory offer has expired.)

To renew your membership, just visit our website and follow the directions therein: http://www.mchce.net/docs/membership.html   To become a member, you can sign up online, or fill out the membership form on the foregoing link and mail it to MCHCE along with your membership dues. Please make your check payable to MCHCE and send it to P.O. Box 5204, Bozeman, MT 59717-5204.

September and October have been a rewarding month for MCHCE.  We had a substantial presence at the MEA/MFT Educator’s Conference, October 16-17, in Missoula, presenting two keynote speakers, two institutes, and a variety of MCHCE sectional presentations.  We sponsored Cathy Gorn, Executive Director of National History Day (NHD) who spoke on National History and the Common Core Standards and then led a half-day Institute, which also featured Michael Herdina (Montana NHD and MCHCE Board Member), Kathy Kohl (Montana Historical Society), Tom Rust (Historian and archeologist at MSU Billings), Anna Wyatt Kohl (student and NHD competitor).  That was followed by our keynote by Sam Mihara who spoke on his experiences growing up in the Heart Mountain (WY) Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II.  Sam’s Keynote was followed on Friday by an all-day institute on the issue Japanese-American removal and interment.  This institute was held at Fort Missoula, which was the site on another Japanese-American internment camp.  Diane Sands and Kristjana Eyjólfsson of the Fort Missoula Historical Museum as well as Dr. Beverly Chin of Montana State University presented with Sam.  Our thanks go out to these presenters.  They did a great job. 

In addition to our keynotes and institutes, a host of MCHCE members and friends presented at the Educator’s Conference.  Accordingly, our thanks go out to: Rich Aarstad, Michael Beyer (MCHCE Board Member), Charles Broughton, Amy Cannata, Jodi Delaney, Missey Dore, Sonia Gavin, Terry Kendrick, Donna Love, Christopher McAdam-Mantel, Alex Rosenleaf, and Zoe Stoltz.  I extend my apologies to any presenter that I might have missed. 

Currently MCHCE is sponsoring or supporting two initiatives. First is the Montana National History Day (MHD) Competition, directed by Michael Herdina who teaches middle school at Gallatin Gateway and also serves as an MCHCE board member.  Michael has been productively busy, recruiting nearly 40 teachers and schools statewide to compete in Montana’s 2014-2015 competitions, the winners of which compete in the Montana State Competition, which will be held on March 28th at Sacajawea Middle School in Bozeman, MT.  The winners of the state competition will go on to the National Competitions in College Park, Maryland in May.  More information on National History Day in Montana can be found at: http://mtnhd.weebly.com/  It’s not too late to organize a national history day competition in your classroom, school, or district. Contact Michael if you are interested in starting an NHD project: michael.herdina@gmail.com

A second project that MCHCE has undertaken this year is the Montana History Teacher of the Year competition. Thanks to John Gallagher, the former MTOYA coordinator, this program has flourished since we passed it to him a number of years ago.  Now, it’s back in our hands.  Because teachers can nominate candidates for this award (as well as parents and administrators), I will give you the pitch and all the details below:

Do you know an history teacher who brings history alive for his or her students?  The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and the Montana Council for History and Civics Education are seeking nominations for the
Montana History Teacher of the Year.  The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City and the HISTORY Channel sponsors this award.  The Montana winner will receive a $1,000 check, and they will become finalists in the National History Teacher of the Year award (Montana nominees have placed in the top three).  In addition, their school library will receive a collection of history books and educational materials! 

Gilder Lehrman is looking for nominations from principals, administrators, or parents.  The process is simple and I look forward to hearing from all of you.  Below are the qualifications and procedures for this year’s award.  An attachment illustrates the award and benefits from this program. 

Qualifications: The nominee must meet the following criteria:
  • 3 years’ teaching experience
  • Full time elementary teacher, (K-6) during the 2014-2015 school year.  Middle and high school teachers may be nominated in the next cycle (2015-2016)
  • Teaches thoughtful and creative United States history. (This may include state and local history, and American history may be taught as an individual subject or through social studies, reading, language arts, and other subjects.)
  • Effectively uses primary sources to engage students in American history.
To nominate a teacher, you merely submit the following:
1. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy and nominate a teacher, which will include providing contact information for you your and your nominee as well as a very brief statement about why your nominee should be honored. Deadline for nomination is February 1, 2015.  That’s all you have to do.
2. Once you submit your nominations, your nominee will be asked to submit supporting materials via an online submission form by March 16, 2015.  A committee of  Montana educators will receive their materials and select a winner by May 11, 2015.
3. If you have questions, visit 
www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy or e-mail your state coordinator: James Bruggeman at james.bruggeman@mchce.net  Please do not send nominations to me.  Your nominations and your nominee’s submission must be done on line at the Gilder-Lehman website.
Best regards,
Jim Bruggeman, Executive Director


With the final “Biographies of a Nation” Teaching American History grant’s activities now completed, we are working with our outside evaluator, Education Northwest, to complete the Final Performance Report and are reflecting on our Teaching American History activities over the course of the last 10 years. We have amassed many presentations, handouts, video, and lessons learned and are working to make as much of the materials we have accumulated available through the internet.

Some of the ways we are providing these resources is through our
Facebook Page and Pinterest boards. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to “Like” us on Facebook, and then click “Show Updates” and “Following” under the banner picture to ensure you receive our posts in your feed. You can also “Follow” us on Pinterest under MCHCE. Our materials are easy to find under organized by era and topic boards.

Even though our TAH project is over, we are working hard to continue bringing quality Professional Development in history and civics to Montana teachers through expanding our partnerships and programming. We are doing this through the following the
MEA/MFT Annual Educators’ Conference, encouraging Civics Education, and expanding Memberships with special incentives.

Jim Bruggeman
Executive Director, MCHCE

Danice Toyias
Deputy Director, MCHCE

American History Teacher Resources
Trying to find links or materials for a specific time period in American history? We've arranged our resources by era and they include: links, presentations, lesson plans, curricular materials, and alignment guides.
Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)
Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
Era 3: Revolution and New Nation (1754-1820s)
Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900)
Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930)
Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s)
Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)


MCHCE Mission
The Montana Council for History and Civics Education (MCHCE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of history and civics education in the state of Montana. This includes supporting history curriculum through evaluating state standards, curriculum and assessment; promoting quality pre-service preparation for history teachers; and working to strengthen the content of K-12 history and civics education in Montana schools. MCHCE is committed to providing professional development for state history teachers through annual MEA/MFT educators’ conferences and providing regional and local workshops.

Our organization offers memberships as a way to support Montana history teachers and history enthusiasts. As our organization grows, we will continue adding features to support history and history education! All tax deductible memberships are only $30/year and give you a subscription to the Magazine of Western History.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Montana Council for History and Civics Education today.


We are now on Pinterest! Find links to Amazing American History Teaching Resources through our boards!


MCHCE Newsletters
The following links provide access to the PDF version of our archived newsletters.
Fall 2010, Issue #01
Spring 2011, Issue #02

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