Summer 2013 has been a period of transition for MCHCE. In June, we conducted our last summer institute of our three-year-long Biographies of the Nation Teaching American History (TAH) project. Because the U.S. Department of Education no longer includes TAH projects in its budget, this ends twelve years and four separate TAH projects written, organized, and managed by MCHCE. Our independent evaluator has judged our endeavors to be solid successes. On our website (www.mchce.net) you can find the work of these twelve productive years: lectures, instructional plans, student activities, and other resources produced by the teachers, historians, curriculum experts, and project staff who participated in these projects. You also can find TAH-generated resources by signing up on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/mchce/) I encourage you to browse these collections for material that is informative and quite useful in your history or civics classroom.
Civics education is part of the MCHCE mission, but it is an area which has been eclipsed by our efforts in history education. We are currently involved in several efforts to place civics education on the front burner. We also are looking forward to several national efforts to fund TAH-like federal programs. Possibly a future opportunity, is the Sandra Day O'Connor Civic Education Act, which was introduced in Congress, and would establish a TAH-like program with competitive grants around civics. Obviously that is slow going in the current economy and Congress, but the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools keeps trying. The ABA's policy office issued a supportive resolution regarding this bill last year, so it became a lobbying priority for the ABA’s DC office. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1802/text
MCHCE also is beginning a membership drive. In cooperation with the Montana Historical Society, we are offering as a membership benefit a year’s subscription to the Society’s Montana; The Magazine of History. The first twenty new or renewal memberships will receive a copy of Elliott West’s The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story. Details of application or renewal of membership to MCHCE are posted on this website.