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Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission
Education Committee Meeting
James E. Todd Building, Univ. of Montana,
June 11, 2001
Commission members in attendance were: Hal Stearns, chair, Darrell Kipp, Marilyn Ryan, Darrell Martin and Betty Stone. Education Committee members included Jane Weber, Carla Wambach, Kristin Gallas, Jonathan Matthews, Mike Cavey, Chandler Jackson, Geri Mae Rowley, Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, David Purviance, and Dave Walter. Additional attendees included Germaine White, Trisha Pudalue, Dale Johnson, Bruce Hill, Dori Nielson, Ritchie Doyle and Patrick Weaselhead.
Mr. Stearns called the meeting to order at 10:20 a.m., welcomed everyone and invited attendees to take seats around the tables. He commented on the growing number of activities and excitement taking place along the Trail.
Lewis & Clark: Montana's Story
Jeri Mae Rowley, with Montana Superhost and Flathead Community College, was introduced. She aired the recently completed 22-minute video, "Lewis and Clark: Montana's Story," produced with proceeds from the Commission's 2000 Grants Program. Ms. Rowley is utilizing the video in conjunction with Superhost training this spring, after which it will be made available for wider distribution. She distributed an inventory of "window dubs," footage that is available through Travel Montana as a result of the video production, and also provided a handout of the Superhost schedule through June 2001. Regarding distribution, Ms. Rowley explained that prior to filming an agreement had been signed with Stephen Ambrose that restricted sale of the video. Therefore, she is in the process of pricing the video and developing a distribution schedule. She reported that the evaluation completed by attendees at Superhost training identified the information provided in the Lewis and Clark video as the most significant thing they learned during the 3 1//2 hour training. Ms. Rowley reported on conducting 150 seminars this year with six trainers, for 2,007 participants, which is a 45 percent increase over last year. Following the video airing, she asked attendees for comments on the video in the event that future modifications are made. Ms. Gorski asked if information was provided during training on how to access other information on Lewis & Clark. Ms. Rowley responded that it was her desire to recruit public land agencies to participate in Travelhost training, but said their goals included raising the level of awareness on Lewis and Clark, showing attendees where to obtain resources on Lewis & Clark in their areas, and helping them understand what was unique about Montana's story related to Lewis and Clark. Ms. Rowley said they utilized Travel Montana's state brochure on Lewis and Clark, but said it would be beneficial if each corridor had its own brochure. Mr. Blackwood provided copies of the video to members of the Education Committee. Ms. Gorski suggested the production of a brochure to accompany interpretive signs that are being developed by corridor groups.
Confluence of Cultures Symposium
Jonathan Matthews reported on this morning's meeting held immediately prior to the Education Committee meeting. He reported that they are on the verge of hiring a director to handle grant writing, funding, and coordination. One sub-committee is developing their final "statement of purpose" that outlines the flow of the conference and another is looking into a grant opportunity with the Department of Education. Mr. Kipp spoke of the involvement with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the letter of support received from that group. The symposium is scheduled for May 28-31, 2003. Ms. Gallas reported that the Symposium sub-committee would meet next on Sept. 26-27, in Great Falls, to establish a final framework, meet with the newly-hired conference coordinator, and lay out funding ideas and a budget. This will allow for an announcement on the Symposium during the Fall Conference in Billings, set for Oct. 11-12, 2001. Mr. Stearns commended those involved with the Symposium planning and spoke of meeting a professor of English at Penn State University during one of the tours held in conjunction with the Omaha Planning Workshop this past April. He said Penn State is planning a similar symposium in November 2002, and said there might be opportunities for sharing between the two.
Mr. Stearns asked for a volunteer from the Symposium Sub-Committee who would make a recommendation to the Commission regarding the possibility of providing funding to support the Symposium coordinator. He said the Earth Observing System project, with the University of Montana, had raised the possibility of providing $10,000 to support the position. Ms. Weber said the Forest Service would also look at the possibility of providing $5,000 in additional funds. She raised the possibility of the Commission contributing $5,000. Mr. Blackwood said the most logical place to obtain the funds would from be the Commission's grants budget. He spoke about moving the deadline for the 2002 grant applications up to December, but said the timeframe would still not accommodate the immediate need for hiring a coordinator. He suggested setting aside $5,000 now for the project, without going through the grant application process, noting that this was a project the Commission has endorsed from the beginning. He said he would do everything possible to find the money in the budget if the Commission decided to take this action. Darrell Kipp and Marilyn Ryan both supported the concept. Mr. Blackwood questioned whether $20,000 was sufficient, and Ms. Weber responded it would depend on how successful the coordinator was in obtaining grants.
Ms. Weber announced that Montana would host the National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial's annual workshop in Great Falls in April 2003. She said this would provide a great opportunity to remind people of the Confluence of Cultures Symposium scheduled for 3 months later that year. Lewiston, Idaho, will host the 2002 annual workshop.
Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer reported on progress in creating a Lewis and Clark Teacher Resource Directory with proceeds of a 2000 grant received from the Commission. She explained that teachers throughout Montana who are already teaching Lewis & Clark were brought together to review and comment on materials for inclusion in the directory. The directory will contain reviews on videos, web sites, curriculum guides, CD's, literature, teaching trunks, etc., and focuses on the 20 "best of the best" materials available. She handed out a "draft" sample page from the directory and asked for comments on layout from the group. She quickly reviewed the criteria and offered to e-mail it to those interested. She explained that the directory would be made available on the web and welcomed links from other groups to the site. A 100-page draft copy should be available for review and comment by September. The first printing of about 5,000 directories will be distributed free of charge in October and will be available at the MEA meeting. She said the directory will be updated, but did not know how often at this point. Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer explained that this Montana directory is part of a larger initiative for Project WET, which will include a national directory. The contact for the project is Teresa Cohn, Project WET, (406) 994-5392, and Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer said she could be reached at (406) 994-3911. Mr. Stearns complimented the Project WET staff on their project and Mr. Kipp asked if specific subjects related to the L&C Expedition were included, i.e., bears, botany, Native American Tribes. Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer said there were some, but because there was so much L&C material they had to limit their scope. Ms. Gallas asked if a supplemental contact list would be made available and Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer answered that it would be. Mr. Jackson added there would be a great need for a comprehensive bibliography covering all available resources, and Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer agreed, and suggested that it might be made available on her website.
Ms. Sachatello-Sawyer also addressed a 16-page trail-wide activity booklet for kids being produced by Project WET with the proceeds of a NPS Challenge Cost Share Grant. "Native Waters" is another project she is working on in conjunction with Patrick Weaselhead. This is a tribal water education program that looks at cultural water issues on a 10-state region and will encompass traveling exhibits, film, education materials and leadership institutes for communities.
21st Century Learning Grant
Mike Cavey, MSU Bozeman, spoke on he 21st Century Learning Grant program, which is geared toward young people deficient in science, reading and math skills. His group has received a grant and established two learning centers; one at Fraser, a reservation school encompassing all ages, and the other at Glasgow Middle School. The focus is to use the Lewis and Clark era for teaching and they have selected 10 areas of study such as foods and nutrition, tools, hides and skins, and games and recreation. Each one will be a 10-12 hour unit, one or two weeks long, after school and/or during the summer and all of the teaching is hands-on. He said teachers have been hired for each of the units. Two teachers will work both schools, and the rest will be at individual schools. Each year the students from both schools will meet together, one year at Glasgow and the next year at a native village being constructed by the students from Fraser. At a week-long teacher camp scheduled for August 6-10, teachers will learn the elementary history of Lewis & Clark, hands-on teaching techniques, and that evaluation must be based on the progress made by students. Mr. Cavey said instructors would not necessarily be certified teachers. There is no limit to the number of students; however class sizes will be limited to 15 students, and the program is scheduled to run 1-3 years.
Ms. Weber cautioned about volunteer burnout and stressed the need to provide funding to non-profit volunteer groups. The use of a written "in-kind" form to document a group's contribution was also suggested.
Lewis & Clark Guide Training
Ms. Weber distributed the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Training Academy 2001 Program schedule, noting that requests are increasing for people who could provide guided services. She was asked earlier this spring by Mr. Blackwood to address the possibility of providing guide training and certification, and in response to that request, developed the proposal that she distributed to the group. Ms. Weber reviewed the three components of the program: 1) A portfolio, 2) Education and 3) Certification. She proposed that some of the training courses could be held at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in a week-long block for people needing to enhance their portfolio. A committee of specialists would review the portfolio submissions, evaluate whether applicants needed further training, recommend where to obtain the certification, and then verify that the appropriate training courses had been taken. Once those requirements were met, the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission would issue a certification to them, making them eligible for listing as a certified guide. Mr. Blackwood referred to paragraph four under "Education" that said, "In order to provide this additional service, the Montana Bicentennial Commission would provide funds and/or arrange in-kind services to cover the additional travel, facilities, and instructor costs." Ms. Weber explained that she could not cover those off-site costs through the Forest Service. She referred to the "Budget" section on page 4, and reviewed the portions she could cover which totaled $16,550. The cost to the Commission for covering the Certification process totaled $6,325. Ms. Gorski offered to propose to the MTRI Interagency Group the possibility of imposing these standards on people hired as guides by the federal agencies in an effort to support the program. She also recommended making this a requirement for special use permitee outfitters. Ms. Weber said some guides have already attended training at the Interpretive Center. Mr. Cavey suggested the potential of confusion arising from the use of the term "guide." Ms. Weber suggested that using "L&C interpretive guide" would avoid confusion. Mr. Stearns cautioned that the need for step-on guides would continue to increase. Mr. Martin reported that MTTA has been contacted by a travel group from Chicago, seeking Native American step-on guides. Mr. Blackwood asked Ms. Weber what her timeframe was for the proposal and she responded that the Training Academy is an annual program, and she plans to finalize and distribute the course schedule by October, which means the decision needed to be made this summer. The courses would be designed by late September and offered the following spring. She explained that the Interpretive Center would not realize a profit on the courses, that they only charged enough to recoup the cost of handout materials. Mr. Jackson said that if a guide's training was linked to a certification program, that makes a person more employable for a higher dollar and he felt the Center could raise their fees and still attract an audience for the courses. Mr. Blackwood suggested planning for an on-site program for the first year, and then evaluating the possibility of expanding to other locations. Ms. Gallas suggested three days total, and Ms. Weber said that half-day sessions would not be adequate to address several of the topics. Mr. Blackwood said this schedule would fit nicely with the new grant schedule he planned to propose during tomorrow's Commission meeting. Ms. Weber suggested that the Commission needed to rethink their grants program, saying there would be certain things the Commission would want to sponsor, and those should become part of the Commission's program, as opposed to relying on the grants program to fund them. Mr. Blackwood said this was his first opportunity to consider the proposal with the idea that Commission funds would be required, which is why it was not included in his proposed budget. He suggested it would be helpful to determine today how much assistance would be required from the Commission for a 1-week session held at the Interpretive Center. Ms. Weber agreed to consult with Sue Buchel to see if the costs in the proposal could be adjusted. Mr. Jackson inquired as to the going rate for step-on guides and Mr. Stearns said it varies from $50 to $150 per hour for a 1-hour presentation and a 30-minute question and answer session. Elderhostel programs range between $100 to $500 per day and many of the fees are based on personal negotiation. Ritchie Doyle said in his experience fees range from $150 to $250 per hour. Mr. Stearns said there are very few people who are available or have the ability to serve as guides and their services will be much in demand. Ms. Weber recapped that Mr. Blackwood proposed doing one program next year in March or April, and that she would call Sue Buchel to see if this could be done with only the $6,325 from the Commission to cover the certification portion. She offered to assist the Commission in locating people to serve as portfolio reviewers. Mr. Stearns agreed to present a funding recommendation to the Commission tomorrow.
Germaine White was invited to speak on her Tribe's oral history program. She reported that they have recorded thousands of hours of oral history, as well as songs, that has been indexed and catalogued. About two-thirds of the interviews have been translated from Salish and Kootenai into English. She said this is a huge body of information that falls into basic categories; the history of the people, and the history of place. She said they recognized that when the Nation turns its spotlight on the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes they needed to be prepared to tell their story. The first thing they did was go to the Cultural Committee, the keepers of the elders' traditions, and prepared a story by putting together the pieces related to Lewis and Clark. She said the Lewis & Clark Expedition made one quick trip across the land and there were other people who spent more time in the region developing commerce and building a relationship with the Native people. Ms. White said this is an attempt, however to begin to tell the story, and they may also look at preparing maps that contain tribal place names, and identify resources and land forms as the people understood them. These materials will be compiled into a coffee table quality text. She said one of their present concerns deals with how to insure that they maintain control over the content. The Tribe is interested in building partnerships with publishers or other resources that will consider this an important project.
Introduction to L&C Education Center at U of M
Alex Philp, Assistant Director, NASA Earth Observing System Education Project, with the University of Montana, addressed the group regarding the EOS project that was started on campus about three years ago. He said over the last couple of years the focus has been on Lewis and Clark, basically from a geographical, historical and ecological perspective. In doing so, they are interested in interdisciplinary learning for K-12 teachers. Because they are NASA-funded they are attempting to integrate a variety of technologies, including geospacial data, which is information about landscapes and environment, looking at historical as well as temporary conditions. They partnered about 18 months ago with the Northwest Regional Education Lab, the U.S. Department of Education, and others, on the Corps of Education Partners Program to support K-16 education effort related to Lewis and Clark. Mr. Philp said the Dept. of Education proposed some time ago the idea of a place where teachers nationwide could come and be immersed in Lewis and Clark scholarship. The funding for this project fell through, and the EOS project is attempting to fill the void. Their first Lewis and Clark summer institute was held last summer and attended by 25 teachers. They spent a week looking at existing Lewis and Clark curriculum, spent time in the field doing interpretation, looked at changes in the landscape, and worked with technologies that teachers could integrate into the classroom. He said the week went so well they decided to repeat the program this year with two summer institutes, the first one in two week. He reported that the National Geographic Society has offered to sponsor 16 scholarships to that institute in the amount of $1,400 each. In addition, National Geographic is interested in having their teachers spend an additional week aligning Lewis and Clark curriculum to the national standards in geography and history. He said this is an unprecedented effort and spoke about their other partnerships. Dr. Gary Moulton and Dr. Dan Bodkin will teach and serve as consultants for one year to the University this coming year. Dr. Bob Bergantino will be doing cartography work with the University related to the Lewis and Clark Trail. Mr. Philp said Meredith Rapp, with the National Council, has compiled a folder of information on the Corps of Education Partners, so that other universities that are interested in participating can get the information. Mr. Blackwood added that Gerard Baker, Corps of Discovery II, is in consultation with Mr. Philp, and that much of the work being accomplished in the EOS Project will be incorporated into the traveling classroom.
Mr. Blackwood adjourned the meeting at 1:10 p.m. for lunch.
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