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Funded by a 12-month National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant, Wichita State University Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives, has completed digitization of thousands of documents and images in the Ignace Mead Jones Collection of James R. Mead Papers.

Twenty-four lesson plans for the collection were developed by a team of expert educators from Wichita USD 259. They were:

Elementary School Plans by Darla Loggans -  Darla Loggans is currently teaching 1st grade and has taught in USD 259 for 38 years. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Friends University and her M.Ed. from Wichita State University. Loggans has recently completed her National Board Certification in the area of Literacy. Loggans is a member of the Advisory Council at Friends University, mentors student teachers, is part of a team updating curriculum for USD 259, and scores Kansas Performance Assessment and Teaching portfolios.

Middle School Plans by Sarah Forster -  Sarah Forster has taught 7th grade Social Studies for USD 259 for five years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Science in History from Newman University.

High School Plans by Paul Kitchen -  Paul Kitchen has taught at Wichita Northwest High School since 2000. In addition to Northwest High, he has taught courses at Wichita Southeast, Heights, and North High Schools, as well as courses at Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Newman University, and Friends University. Kitchen earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from Kansas State and his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Friends University. He has taken additional graduate level history courses at the University of Oxford, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago Law School. He is licensed to teach Social Studies (grades 7-12) and Family and Consumer Science (grades 6-12) in Kansas.

We invite K-12 educators to introduce students to James R. Mead’s life and achievements as an explorer, co-founder of Wichita, state legislator and leader in Kansas through the lesson plans linked below. 

Teaching Certificate for Mary E. Mead

Teaching certificate for Mary E. Mead, only sister of James R. Mead. "Lizzie," with whom he maintained a close relationship, taught school in Davenport, Iowa. 

Elementary School, Primary Level (6 plans) – Developed by Darla Loggans
Generating Questions about Primary Documents             

Elementary School, Intermediate Level (5 plans) – Developed by Darla Loggans
Importance of Symbols Throughout History and as a Powerful Means to Communicate    

Middle School (8 total-4 plans each topic) – Developed by Sarah Forster
               American Bison
               Kansas Biome Study

High School (5 plans) – Developed by Paul Kitchen
               Historical Thinking Skills

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