Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award

The Western History Association and the Charles Redd Center are sponsoring four K-12 Teaching awards that will provide teachers the opportunity to attend and present at the Western History Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 16-19, 2019. Selected teachers will share their lesson plans and teaching strategies at a teaching panel on Saturday, October 19.   


The Award includes the following: conference registration, award ceremony ticket, ticket to the opening reception, and $500 towards conference-related costs. An added benefit is the opportunity to be in conversation with leading scholars in the field of Western history, with your lesson ideas and pedagogical expertise adding significantly to the field.


Application Materials Must Include:

  • One-page resume
  • Short statement (one page) of how winning the award will benefit you and your students
  • Lesson Plan (any grade level K-12) on the North American West pertaining to the 2019 conference theme, “What happens in the West doesn't stay in the West.” (We consider the North American West to include northern Mexico and western Canada as well as the western United States.)


Award Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019


Recipients will be contacted by mid-August of each award cycle. View a list of past recipients.


Conference Theme:

The WHA 2019 conference theme is “What happens in the West doesn’t stay in the West,” emphasizing approaches that challenge traditional ways of thinking about western history.


As you consider lesson plan development you may consider what preconceived notions students bring to the study of western history, how you challenge and complicate student thinking on these subjects, and what innovative approaches can best be employed to encourage students to look at western history in new ways.


How do you present the North American West to your students and strive to reflect the broad horizons that encompass the histories of the region? What teaching strategies are most effective when teaching the American West? What primary sources work well in your lessons?


The lesson plan must include examples of Active Learning and Assessment and be factually correct. Include a bibliography of materials and sources used to create the lesson and reference any historical scholarship upon which the lesson is based.


View and circulate the Redd Center Teaching Award Announcement here, and the Lesson Plan Criteria here. Please direct all materials and questions to the chair of the committee, Steven Fountain at sfountain@wsu.edu.


* All applicants for the award consent to the Western History Association and the Charles Redd Center posting winning lessons on their websites and other publications. Your work will remain your own and you will be given credit in any digital or print reproductions of your work.


Pictured above: 2017 Charles Redd Center Teaching Western History Award Winners Porsia Tunzi, Liam Concannon, Helen M. Vassilou, and Kelly Griffith (left to right) accompanied by chair of the Committee on Teaching and Public Education, Mark Johnson (far left), and Brian Q. Cannon, director of the Charles Redd Center at BYU (third from the right).  


Steven Fountain, Chair

 Washington State Univ., Vancouver
sfountain@wsu.edu


 Andrea (Mott) Glessner

Western Wyoming Comm. College
 andrea.l.glessner@gmail.com


 William De Stefano

 Tucson K-12 Teacher
 billdest@icloud.com


Peter Blodgett

 The Huntington Library
 pblodgett@huntington.org


Past Recipients

2019

Alex Barr, Connelly School of the Holy Child, "'Alcatraz is Not an Island': American Indian Activism from Alcatraz to the National Mall"

Laura Fenerty, Holy Trinity School, "Overshadowed and Underrepresented: Japanese-Hawaiian-Americans during World War II"

Sandra Garcia, Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, "Dissenting Voices: Lincoln & the Mexican American War"

Noël Ingram, DaVinci Communications High School, "Locked Up: The Hidden History of LA's Role in the Rise of Carceral State"


2018

Joshua Dempsey, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Milpitas, California, "'(Non-Asian) Workers of the World, Unite!': Remembering the 1916 Preparedness Bombing in San Francisco"

Jonathan Shulman, La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, California, "The Plots Against America"

Carol Warren, Gila River Community Public Schools, Sacaton, Arizona, "A River Through Time"

Cherry Whipple, Austin High School, Austin, Texas, "American Indian Imagery in the American Southwest Region"


2017

Liam Concannon, Saint Martin de Porres Academy, New Haven, Connecticut, Nipo Strongheart and the Influence of Media 

Kelly GriffithGuadalupe Regional Middle School, Brownsville, Texas, "Clashing and Mingling: One City, Many Cultures 

Porsia TunziLa Reina High School and Middle School, Thousand Oaks, California, "Homeboy Industries: A Path to Rehabilitation in Los Angeles

Helen M. VassilouAdena Elementary School, West Chester Township, Ohio, "Analyzing the History of Immigration America: Reflections of New Immigrants in American Schools" 


2016

Brendan Bell, Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento, California, "California and the Western Foundation for Educational Equality in Schools: A Side-By-Side Comparison of Legal Methods and Development of Educational Rights Through Westminster v. Mendez and Brown v. Board of Education"

Ruth Ferris, Washington Elementary School, Billings, Montana, "Expanding Western Horizons: Looking at the Fur Trade Through Multiple Perspectives"

Shauna Hirota, Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua Hawai'i, "Analyzing the History and Impact of Racial Identification"

Donna Moore and Dalton Savage, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, "Oklahoma History, The 1930s: Reconstructing Memory - How did the Great Depression define Oklahoma?"


2015

Peter Prindiville, St. Patrick Catholic High School, Biloxi, MS, "Building and Breaking Barriers at the Oregonian Ballot Box: Voters, Courts and Personal Liberty in the American West", Prindiville is also a teaching fellow with the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education


2014

Heather Penrod and Diane Wilson, Reseda High School, Los Angeles, "Global Warming in the West"

Michael Kennedy, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School, Montebello, Los Angeles, "Railroads: Economic and Cultural Significance across the Continents."

Mitch Askew, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Molly Golden, Alpine Leadership Academy at Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ, "The Bisbee Deportation"


2013 

Edel Mooney, "The Gold Rush and the Central Valley"

Mark Johnson, Concordia International School Shanghai, "Anti-Chinese Sentiments in the US-Mexican Borderlands"

Heather Penrod and Diane Wilson, Reseda High School, Los Angeles, "Vital Signs vs. Homelessness in the American West"

Daniel Thele, "The Arizona Ethnic Studies Controversy"


2012 

Meaghan Crowley, "Native Americans: An Integrated Elementary Lesson"

Mark Johnson, Concordia International School Shanghai, "'His Death Avenged!:' Empowering Students as Historians to Understand the Chinese Experience in the American West"

Kevin Kimberly, "America Expands West: Development or Intrusion?"

Karie Lynch, "Women of the 19th Century Prairie"


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