Professional Development Conference at PSU Oct. 20

October 11th, 2006 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies is sponsoring a professional development conference for educators and graduate students, “Celebrating the Layered Landscape: Integrating the Natural and Built Environments into Curricula.” The October 20 event will be held in Heritage Commons from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Registration is $85 per person, which includes lunch, resource materials and parking. Graduate credit is also available for additional work that is based on the conference topic.

“Celebrating the Layered Landscape” will showcase dynamic interdisciplinary initiatives that reflect the richness of New Hampshire’s educational opportunities. This year’s featured speakers include:

• Dr. David Starbuck of PSU’s College of Graduate Studies and the Social Science Department will give a scholarly, engaging presentation that combines archaeology and historical research. David will share stories from favorite digs that represent 10,000 years of New Hampshire’s history. David is president-elect of the national Society for Industrial Archaeology (

• Brenda Sherwood, a Plymouth State graduate student and teacher at Bow High School, shares the strategies she used to uncover a high valley community in the Ossipee Mountain range. As part of an internship at the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s Castle in the Clouds, Brenda hiked the landscape and delved into records as she brought a vanished community to life.

• Sylvia Shea, a Plymouth State M.Ed., will lead a team from Antrim’s Great Brook School as they share their award winning work. Focusing on integrating the built environment into curricula, the team will discuss innovative approaches that connect students to their communities. The local layered landscape will serve as a model and teaching tool.

• Robert Cottrell, director of Tamworth’s Remick Country Doctor and Farm Museum ( will share a program that demonstrates how to use art, history and nature as educational resources. Robert’s presentation follows artists as they traveled the White Mountain notches, memorializing in their work the region’s history and natural environment.

• Peter Michaud of Historic New England ( will share strategies for expanding local history into interdisciplinary educational initiatives. Using the New Hampshire/Maine border as a model, Peter will discuss how changes in the region’s physical landscape initiated changes in the cultural landscape, often with “violent and spiteful” repercussions.

Registrations must be received by Tuesday, October 17, 2006. For additional information or to register, please call 1-800-FOR-GRAD or fax the attached registration form to (603) 535-2572.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.