Learning in Plain Sight on Site

October 7th, 2005 by Adam

Educators will have an opportunity to learn about using resources in their local and regional environment to enrich curriculum design at a workshop on the Plymouth State University campus October 21.

Learning in Plain Sight on Site: Enriching Curriculum by Design will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Commons in Hall Residence Hall, a historic University building named for early 19th century educator Samuel Read Hall.

Roger Richardson, noted English historian and professor of history at the University of Winchester, England, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Richardson will present, “The Necessity of Local History,” which looks at the transformation of local history from a marginal activity to its current vitally important role in education and society.

Building on Richardson’s subject, participants will share techniques they use to explore social studies-based educational initiatives that can be used to enrich the New Hampshire social studies framework, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary strategies and primary sources.

Dr. Mary Ann McGarryof Plymouth State’s Center for the Environment will present “Sharing Your Watershed Address,” creative and engaging strategies for learning about communities through the power of water over time. Participants should bring a map of their community that includes topographical features.

A team from the National Park Service will discuss the site-based educational strategies they use in their work. Sheila Cook-Kayser (Boston National Historic Park) will speak on “Twisted Strands: Strengthening Education Programs,” using historical resources to teach science and technology.

David Freedman, a teacher at Kennett High School in Conway, recently spent a sabbatical traveling the world. Freedman will share educational materials and ideas about how to incorporate them into teaching world history.

Dick Alberini and Jerry Potter from Daisy Bronson Middle School in Littleton, will present “Learning History through Living History,” a dynamic approach to a community-based interdisciplinary unit, incorporating mathematics, science, social studies and English.

Heritage Studies uses New England and its resources as a region-wide learning laboratory. The Heritage Studies M.Ed. program at Plymouth State University provides professional development and lifelong learning opportunities for educators. Independent work may be added to extend workshops for graduate credit (additional fees apply). For information call Blake Allen, coordinator, (603) 535-2636 or send e-mail to ballen@plymouth.edu.