CSU, Chico News

Program for California Teachers Offers High-Quality, Low-Cost Professional Development Credit

Date: 06-08-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

A new partnership between the National Humanities Center (NHC) and the Center for Regional & Continuing Education at California State University, Chico provides California K-12 teachers the opportunity to earn university credits for completing online professional development seminars from the NHC.

The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. It is distinctive in its commitment to linking scholarship to improved teaching and providing teachers with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach.

The NHC online professional development seminars are taught by leading scholars from across the nation and offer concentrated study of specific historical topics. Seminars are live and online, and enable teachers to interact with each other as well as with the faculty scholar. Upcoming topics include How to Read a Slave Narrative; Southern Women and the Civil War; and Buffalo Bill, American Idol.

Through an existing collaboration with the California Department of Education, NHC seminars are free for California educators. This represents a $35 tuition savings for each seminar. Upon completion of five seminars, teachers can apply to CSU, Chico for one hour of University credit for a nominal $60 per unit fee. The total cost of only $60 per credit hour represents a 75 percent savings on a series that would otherwise cost teachers $235.

The NHC offers these seminars on an ongoing basis. The latest schedules and information are available at nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/. Teachers interested in participating should contact Caryn Koplik at ckoplik@nationalhumanitiescenter.org.

To receive university credit, participants should apply directly through CSU, Chico Regional & Continuing Education at http://rce.csuchico.edu/teachers/nhc.asp.

About the National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, is a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to scholars in the humanities, whose work at the Center has resulted in the publication of more than 1,200 books in all fields of humanistic study. The Center also sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education.
Web: http://www.nationalhumanitiescenter.org

About CSU, Chico Center for Regional & Continuing Education

As the anchor institution in Northern California, CSU, Chico serves a 12-county service area, the largest in the 23-campus California State University system. The mission of the Center for Regional & Continuing Education (RCE) at CSU, Chico is to strengthen and expand the resources of the University to respond to lifelong learning needs through distance and online education, teacher professional development, accredited certificates and degrees, and a wide variety of personal enrichment and professional development courses and conferences.
Web: http://rce.csuchico.edu