|SOUTHEASTERN OFFERS TUITION-FREE LOUISIANA HISTORY GRADUATE COURSE
TO QUALIFIED SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS
HAMMOND – Qualified social
studies teachers can earn three hours of graduate credit tuition-free at
Southeastern Louisiana University this fall through a Louisiana history
seminar offered on campus and on the Southeastern and Louisiana Public
Broadcasting television channels.
“Seminar on Louisiana History
for Teachers” (History 655) is being offered through the “Louisiana in
Traditional American History Project,” funded by a three-year U.S. Department
of Education grant, said William Robison, head of Southeastern’s Department
of History and Political Science and academic coordinator for the project.
Taught by Southeastern
history instructors Charles Elliott and Keith Finley, the course
will provide instruction and supplementary materials for using LPB’s award-winning
video, “Louisiana: A History,” in the classroom.
The class will meet on
campus from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and will be broadcast live on the
Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational access channel on Charter
Cable Channel 18. It will be rebroadcast on the Southeastern Channel and
LPB’s Channel 11 at 4-5 p.m. Thursdays and 9-10 p.m. Fridays.
The tuition-free class
is open to social studies teachers in the grant’s 14 school districts:
East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee,
St. Helena, St. Tammany, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana,
and Tangipahoa parishes, and the cities of Bogalusa, Baker, and Zachary.
Other teachers throughout
Louisiana may register to earn three hours graduate credit or 45 hours
of continuing learning units. Any viewer may register to participate on
a non-credit basis and obtain all course materials.
To register, teachers should
contact Southeastern’s Office of Continuing Education, 985-549-2301 or
1-800-256-2771, or e-mail at email@example.com.
More information about the Teaching American History Grant program
is available at www.lpb.org/education/tah.
Robison said History 655
is being offered “by popular demand.”
“We offered the course last
spring on campus and via compressed video,” he said. “The 20 graduate students
it attracted raved about the course and the instructor, Charles Elliott,
who is an authority on early Louisiana history. All summer long we have
received requests to offer it again.”
Elliott will be joined this fall
by Finley, an authority on recent Louisiana history and the assistant director
of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. “Both are really outstanding
historians and teachers,” Robison said.
Robison said the course can also
be viewed on the Southeastern Channel’s 24-hour webcast at www.selu.edu/tv
and on LPB’s digital channel. Information on accessing the digital
channel is available through local cable operators.
The three-year “Louisiana in Traditional
American History Project” grant was awarded last year to Southeastern,
the Tangipahoa Parish School System and LPB by the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant provides teachers with high quality American history content,
improve student achievement in history, and help teachers meet certification
standards. Ann Trappey, a veteran social studies teacher from Kentwood
High School, is the project director.
“Last year we brought over 300
teachers to campus for graduate classes, Saturday workshops, and two-week
summer institutes,” Robison said. “In the second and third years, we expect
even more. It has been a truly delightful experience for all of us.”