||2003 SAA Excellence in Public Education Award recipient, Jeanne
Moe with (then) SAA President Roger Kelley. For more than a decade,
Jeanne Moe has promoted archaeological stewardship and educated
the nation’s youth about archaeological issues as Director
and co-creator of Project Archaeology, a BLM-created public education
program now operated in association with the non-profit environmental
concern The Watercourse.
Jeanne Moe is the National Project Archaeology
director for the Bureau of Land Management and The Watercourse
at Montana State University. National Project
Archaeology (NPA) began as a state Bureau of Land Management archaeology education
program in Utah in the early 1990’s. Since 1993,Project Archaeology has
been a leader in archaeology education with the publication of Intrigue of the
Past: A Teacher’s Activity for Fourth Through Seventh Grades (Smith,
Shelly J. Jeanne M. Moe, Kelly A. Letts, and Danielle M. Patterson), a text
primarily on prehistoric archaeology in the west.
PA has two main components:
(1) instructional materials for educators and their students, and (2) delivery
of materials through professional development workshops.
State programs affiliated with NPA also design additional enrichment for students
and teachers, and supplementary materials on regional history and prehistory.
NPA is unique among national archaeology education programs because
its materials are delivered to teachers through professional development
workshops taught by
teams of educators and archaeologists. These workshops, available for in-service
credit, allow teachers to absorb new content, refresh their engagement with
civic values that underlie efforts to preserve our archaeological
heritage, and discuss
controversial issues in a professional forum before presenting them in their
classrooms. In 2001, nineteen states reported a total of 33 workshops and 541
teachers trained. Overall it is estimated that over 5100 teachers have participated
in National Project Archaeology. Generally speaking, if each teacher reaches
25 students, Project Archaeology has reached over 127,500 students! State program
evaluations show that nearly 80% of teachers continue to use the curriculum
and maintain contact with archaeologists, historians, and scholars
for us to five
years after attending NPS workshops.
In 2002, NPA established the National Project Archaeology Advisory Council
with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council recommended
that NPS expand geographically to establish affiliate programs in all U.S.
and enhance program content to include all major heritage groups in the nation.
As a response to this recommendation, Project Archaeology is undertaking a
major revision to be responsive to the diverse national audience within the
educational system driven by national and state learning standards and by current
archaeological research and ethical practices.
For more than a decade, first
as Director of the Utah State Bureau of Land Management’s
Intrigue of the Past: Archaeological Education Program, and then as Director
of National Project Archaeology, Jeanne Moe has been instrumental in developing
these quality educational resources that engage students and teachers with the
citizenship values that underlie efforts to preserve archaeological heritage.
Jeanne Moe’s pioneering leadership in archaeological education has helped
make archaeological research available to the public.
(This summary was derived
from nomination material submitted by Joelle Clark in 2003 and from the SAA
Press Release announcing this award.)
For further Information
on Jeanne Moe’s accomplishments see the following:
Record (2003 Vol. 3, No. 3 ) page 39.