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2005 Summer Fellowships

2005 Montana Heritage Project Summer Fellowships

Application and Reporting Information

Please note some changes from previous years.

Summer Fellowships are available again this year. We’ll do a final review of applications for them on June 15.  In the meantime, we’ll review and approve applications as they come in on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you request $2,000 or less and your proposal is clearly and reasonably connected to the proposal that we funded at your site, it will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis until we reach our total budget (approximately 15 applications).

If you have a proposal that exceeds that amount, we recommend that you submit a $2,000 proposal first and then tell us what additional work you wish to accomplish. We will consider any additional amounts and proposals after June 15.

These fellowships are for classroom teachers, to shift work away from the school year into the summer, in order to improve the quality of teaching during the school year. 

We recognize that multiple teachers and librarians may be listed on your grant for next year. Ordinarily we would not anticipate funding more than $4,000 in fellowships for any single school/project. If you anticipate multiple fellowship submissions from your school, please consider combining efforts or talking with us.

We need a 1-2 page proposal, describing the work or research you intend to do to support the Heritage Project at your site. In the past, teachers have used fellowship time to visit the Historical Society Library and Archives to do research; to order books and read them as they planned curriculum; to prepare teaching units and visit local resources; and to work on school archives and web sites. All these seem worthwhile. If you want to come to St. Ignatius for training in Photoshop, Expression Engine website submissions, or other training, that would be fine.

The proposal needs to include a budget for your time as well as for any travel or materials you want. Budget as specifically as you can to avoid unanticipated expenses.

For your time, use $150/day for building a budget. Don’t use an hourly rate. This amount doesn’t reflect what we think your time is worth. It’s the number the group settled on a several years ago—increased this past fall by the Executive Committee. For travel, state rates run as follows: mileage .405 per mile; summertime lodging $55 per night plus tax; and meal rates $5 for breakfast, $6 for lunch, and $12 for dinner.

To get paid, send us a final report/invoice on what you did and what impact it should have on your curriculum. Please try to write this and send it in before the school year begins. Count the time it takes to write it in your fellowship, if that helps.

We won’t pay you till we get the report, and, more important, we can’t do out report to the Foundation until we have all of them, and this is much easier for me to schedule in September than it is in October or later. 

Remember, the rationale for funding this was to deepen the academic quality of the experience for students, and that’s what I’ll be asked to address in my own final report on the program, which I will write based on your reports. So in your report, focus on the benefits to your students. 

Posted by Marcella Sherfy on 05/16 at 08:40 AM
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Widdicombe presents at Working Waters Institute

Heritage Project teacher Nancy Widdicombe shared her work on the upper Mussellshell with a consortium of educators who hope to engage high school students in studying the Clark Fork River watershed.

The Working Waters Institute in Butte April 21-23, 2005, brought together the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, the Teaching American History Project at Anaconda High School, and the About Place! project being developed by Rattlesnake Productions. The Institute was notable for its intent to develop place-based education that draws together teachers in the sciences and those in the humanities. Michael Umphrey provided an introduction to place-based education.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 05/02 at 12:42 AM
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Alger given “Distinguished Librarian Award” at MLA Conference

Dale Alger was awarded the Distinguished Librarian Award by Michael Umphrey at the Montana Library Association conference in Billings on April 25. The award includes travel to a national conference to be selected by the recipient.

Dale was joined at the conference by colleague Tim Schaff and superintendent William Schlepp as well as several family members.

The award recognized the important role played by librarians in the the Heritage Project, assisting young people in finding resources to study their communities and providing access to student work to future researchers. The Montana Heritage Project began as an initiative of the Library of Congress with leadership and funding provided by the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation and has remained a library-centered project ever since. Students begin their work by doing research in the libraries and they complete their work by returning to the library--this time with books and articles they have written to add to the shelves.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 05/02 at 12:33 AM
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