Call for Mexican Revolution Teaching Materials

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2010
UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning Seeks Instructional Materials on the Mexican Revolution

El Paso, Texas – The Center for History Teaching & Learning at The University of Texas at El Paso announces a contest seeking high quality instructional materials related to the Mexican Revolution. The Center invites lesson plans, brief classroom activities, community activities, and online activities from across the K‐12 curriculum including history, reading and language arts, fine and performing arts, mathematics, economics, government, and geography. A panel of experts will judge submissions and the best will win prizes and be published. Submissions are due on June 30, 2010.

Though it has been in planning for over a year, the contest occurs within weeks of the vote by the Texas state board of education to minimize the role of Hispanics in state and national history. “Now that the board has finished drafting the roster for its history fantasy league, it’s time for those of us who work in the real world of history education to pick up the pieces,” said Keith Erekson, director of the Center for History Teaching & Learning. “So we’ll start here in El Paso on the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.”

The contest is being held in conjunction with the Center’s annual summer teacher institute, and joins a year long, community‐wide commemoration of the Revolution in border sister cities El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The anniversary will also be commemorated with museum exhibits, lectures, films, and community events throughout 2010 and 2011.

The Center for History Teaching & Learning is a division of UTEP’s History Department created to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, support teacher education among our students, and provide outreach and professional development opportunities for area social studies teachers.

For more information about the contest and summer teachers’ institute, please visit www.utep.edu/chtl or call 915‐747‐5878. Detailed submission instructions for the contest are available online.

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