‘Representation matters’: Educators collaborate to teach histories, cultures, sovereignty of First Nations in Wisconsin
Wisconsin is one of 12 states that requires Native American content to be taught in schools. That prompted listener Maria Novotny to reach out to WPR's WHYsconsin project, asking us how educators are teaching this in the classroom. As WPR's Gaby Vinick reports, schools are working to integrate Indigenous histories, cultures and tribal sovereignty into the curriculum. But some educators say they're concerned schools are not adequately tapping into available resources.
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Preserving history of trauma and resiliency through UW-Oshkosh’s ‘Campus COVID Stories’
People filter into an auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in mid-April. They talk as audio from campus community members begins to play in the background. Then, the auditorium goes silent as lecturer Grace Lim takes the stage.
How to be beautiful: A lesson from mom
Many of us are grateful for everything our mothers taught us. For Jana Rose Schleis, she’s thankful that her mom — Betty Schleis of Two Creeks, Wisconsin — taught her how to be beautiful.
The Racine Belles and Kenosha Comets: In a league of their own
A major event in sports history took place in September 1943. Two teams played in the first championship series of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Both were from Wisconsin. The league was founded that year to keep fans coming to ballparks while male players served in World War II.
The Wisconsin Muslim Project
In The Wisconsin Muslim Project special Angela Fitzgerald visits the Fox Valley Islamic Society in Neenah to learn about their community while sharing stories of Muslims around the state. Angela sits down with President Mamadou Coulibaly to learn how the Fox Valley community was formed and expanding into a new, larger mosque down the street.
Painting the landscape: Earth Day in the Heartland
Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson helped organize the first Earth Day in 1970, after growing concerns for the environment. Since then, it’s been a day to celebrate our natural resources while also drawing attention to increasing threats to them.
Muslim law professor teaches values of kindness and community
Asifa Quraishi-Landes is a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Quraishi-Landes says she’s “always liked learning” and believes “education is something that gives people tools to be better.” She’s known on campus for using untraditional ways of teaching in her lectures.
Somali refugee fosters community in Barron
Isaak Mohamed is a man of action. As the Somali district liaison for the Barron Area Schools, it’s Mohamed’s job to help students while facilitating communication for the school and families.