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AE-269104-20

Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA 98226-8003)
Anna Booker (Project Director: July 2019 to present)
Situating Ourselves in the Salish Sea: Using Experiential Learning and Storytelling to Inspire Critical Thinking about Place

A two-year curriculum development project that would result in new courses on the history, cultures, and science of the Salish Sea.

"Situating Ourselves in the Salish Sea" will engage Whatcom Community College (WCC) students and faculty in the practice of place-based teaching and learning. Faculty from a broad range of disciplines will design curriculum that integrates the Salish Sea context into their own classes. The project will feature a cohort of Salish Sea linked courses and digital Story Maps developed by students that recognize the Salish Sea as a Cultural Heritage site. The project will partner with local tribes and organizations and will reaffirm the relevance of the humanities across the College. The project will help WCC students earn credits in the College’s new Culture and Society Pathway. Credits earned will transfer to nearby Western Washington University’s new minor in Salish Sea Studies. The project will culminate in a professional development day for K-12 teachers to help them integrate digital Story Maps into lesson plans. All digital Story Maps created will be freely accessible to the public.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Initiatives: Community Colleges

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,550 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2022