MERIT Staff Leads Development of New Wisconsin Act31 Website

MERIT is proud to be part of a special project, funded by a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant. November is Native American Heritage Month.  It is fitting then that a new web resource for teachers in the classroom is unveiled this month.

The resource is a collaboration project between eight partners, including the School of Education, Wisconsin Public Television, UW System, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin Media Lab, Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Indian Education Association.

MERIT staff led the coalition in the design and development of the new web resource that draws from teacher exemplars and shares curriculum and Wisconsin-based resources for teachers in the classroom. Check out the new web site http://wisconsinact31.org/ and learn more about recommendations for essential understandings around Native American curriculum in K-12 schools.

MERIT’s involvement in the project has been extensive.  Instructional design, web programming, visual design, video production and overall project coordination were just some of the services MERIT provided in the development of the resource.  MERIT staff continues to work on the resource, helping to keep the content relevant and current.

We invite you to share your feedback with Linda Endlich, the Act31 project coordinator.  Hats-off and congratulations to MERIT staff Linda Endlich, Catherine Stephens, Clark Thompson and Jenny McBurney for their participation with the Act 31 Coalition partners, and contributions to this important work.

To learn more about Wisconsin Act 31, see related story “New website helps educators teach about American Indian nations” published by UW Communications.