My History Day Journey
I have always loved the start of a new school year. There is always a sense of energy and renewal that occurs when educators and students come together in the classroom. For me, this school year starts with a big transition. For the first time in 30 years I will be retired from my role as a coordinator of National History Day in Minnesota. It has been gratifying for me to spend my last year back at the U of M where my History Day journey started as a grad student in 1988. It reminded me why I love the University, its students and faculty, and the commitment CLA has made to be a positive force for change in our community.
One of my proudest accomplishments with History Day was the creation of the Mentor Program that sends undergraduate students (many of them former HD kids) into inner city classrooms. U of M mentors have provided thousands of hours of in classroom support that have resulted in increased academic success and college readiness for the students they serve -- especially students of color and American Indian students. I have committed myself to continue working with CLA to find support for this life-changing program. If you love History Day or the U of M, a contribution to the Mentor Program is one of the greatest investments you can make to help students realize their full academic potential through their History Day experience.
I hope you will join me in making Minnesota a better place by supporting these transformational campus to classroom connections.