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Wayne County U.S. History & Geography Project

Welcome to the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – TITLE II (A3), Wayne County U.S. History & Geography Project: Building Competence in U.S. History through the use of Geographic Information Systems technology.

The Wayne County U.S. History & Geography Project is a joint effort among several collaborators. These include :Eastern Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education; the Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency; Central Michigan University's Michigan Geographic Alliance, and three high needs K-12 districts in Wayne County; Ecorse, Redford Union and the River Rouge School Districts.

The goal of this teacher professional development project is to help middle school and high school social studies educators and special education teachers implement grade-level content expectations for U.S. history and geography by utilizing the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology for data mapping and visualization capabilities to enhance the teaching and learning of temporal (time) and spatial (space) concepts.

This project utilizes ArcGIS Online as a GIS tool to reinforce the teaching and learning of grade-level content expectations related to U.S. History Eras 6 through 9. The project will provide ninety hours of professional development instruction to 21 teachers who teach 8th grade Integrated U.S. History and Geography and high school U.S. History and Geography. Curricular materials and workshops sessions address content related to U.S. History Eras 6 through 9. The project will also incorporate Universal Design for Learning Principles, scaffolding, project based learning, and multicultural design practices.


Dan Behen    Redford Union    Hilbert Middle School
Michelle Collins    Taylor    Hoover Middle School
Wilma Darty    Detroit    Turning Point Academy
Kelly Eddy    Livonia    Churchill High School
Marsha Lewis    Detroit    Detroit Lions Academy
Jennifer Furkas    Southgate    Southgate Anderson
Pamela Fisher       University Prep
Rosemary Johnson    Redford Union    Redford Union H.S.
Matthew Kapala    Romulus    Romulus High School
Kathie Kline    Taylor    Hoover Middle School
Rita Lockridge    Detroit    Carver Elementary
Camille McClure    Ecorse    Ecorse Community High School
Joseph McFarland    Crestwood   Crestwood Middle School
Amanda McPherson    Harper Woods    Chandler Park Academy
George Purdu    Wyandotte    Wilson Middle School
Jo Ann Richardson-Fuller    Detroit    Ross-Hill Academy
Akua Saulsberry    Romulus    Romulus Middle School
Marilee Soncrant    Allen Park    Allen Park Middle School
Sharon Sullivan    Wayne-Westland    Stevenson Middle School
Steven Trapp    Dearborn    Woodworth Middle School
Chris Woodward       Ecorse


Dr. Zachary Moore     Project Director     Geography
Dr. Toni Stokes Jones    Co_Project Director     Instructional Technology
Dr. Deborah Harmon     Universal Design for Learning
Dr. Ronald Woods     U.S. History
Dr. Yichun Xie     GIS
Mr. David Hales     U.S. History/Geography Consultant w/ Wayne RESA
Mr. Andy Henry     GIS and Instructional Technology Consultant w/ Wayne RESA
Ms. Carol Gersmehl     GIS and Geography Consultant w/ Michigan Geographic Alliance
Mr. Randall Raymond     GIS Specialist and Consultant
Mr. Michael Dueweke     GIS and K-12 Licensing