By Rosalie Lack, CDL Digital Special Collections Director

CDL’s Calisphere team is partnering with the Alameda County Office of Education’s CTAP Region IV <http://www.ctap4.org/> and the UC Irvine History Project <http://www.humanities.uci.edu/history/ucihp/> in order to:

  • promote awareness and increase usage among California teachers of the rich resources from UC and cultural heritage organizations across California brought together in Calisphere <http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/>
  • promote best practices for teaching with primary source materials
  • show teachers how to incorporate technological solutions into their teaching that will excite and engage their students
  • create a Calisphere training module that will be shared with all CTAP regions

CTAP Region IV
The California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) is a statewide educational technology leadership initiative designed to provide assistance to schools and districts in integrating technology into teaching and learning. There are eleven CTAP offices across California. CTAP Region IV is comprised of the seven counties surrounding the north San Francisco Bay area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Solano.

UC Irvine History Project
The UC Irvine History Project provides an institutional framework for collaboration between the UCI History Department and K-12 history/social science teachers in Orange County.  The core of their program is a series of teacher-training institutes in the subjects of literacy, world history, and United states history.  The UCI History Project is a regional branch of the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP), a statewide umbrella organization administrated by UC Office of the President that promotes university-public school collaboration.  Learn more about CSMP at http://csmp.ucop.edu/.

Upcoming Activities
In February and March 2008, two 2-day workshops – Bring California History Into Your Classroom with Calisphere Images & an iPod – will be conducted.  The target audiences will be 4, 8, and 11th grade language arts and history/social studies teachers and library media teachers. The online applications are due by November 16, 2007. If you know teachers in these categories who would benefit from the workshops, please refer then to the application at http://www.ctap4.org/calisphere/.