Summer institute explores archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley
Walking beside thousand-year-old burial mounds, flaking raw stone into tools, learning how potsherds tell us about human behavior, and understanding how humans adapt to complex, ever-changing environments—a 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute features all this and more.
The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse will offer a three-week NEH summer institute on July 14–Aug. 1. This dynamic learning experience for K-12 teachers will explore how Native Americans and Euro-Americans have adapted to the Upper Mississippi River Valley over the past 13,500 years, and how archaeology leads to an understanding of how human cultures change and adapt through time.
The institute will feature a one-day excavation experience, field trips to archaeological sites, hands-on laboratory and workshop activities, demonstrations, and classroom activities. Individual projects will help participants tailor the content to their own teaching areas. NEH Summer Scholars receive a $2,700 stipend to help offset their expenses.
Applications and other information on the Institute is available at www.uwlax.edu/mvac/neh.htm. The deadline for applications is March 4.
The Henry Ford Museum is setting for summer institute
America’s Industrial Revolution at The Henry Ford is a recognized National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop that will draw together K-12 educators from around the country to dialogue with leading scholars and museum curators, and learn about the impact of industrialization in America. Participants will explore the diverse ways that Americans experienced social change between 1760s and the 1920s through lecture/discussions and by visiting select sites in Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, including Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory, Hermitage Plantation Slave quarters, 1760s Daggett Farm, 1880s Firestone Farm, and a railroad roundhouse. In addition, participants can explore archival sources in the Benson Ford Research Center and dedicate time to collegial lesson plan development. The week’s activities will culminate with a visit to a related National Historic Landmark, the Ford Motor Company’s Rouge industrial complex.
Workshop dates are July 14-18 and Aug. 11-15, 2014.The deadline for applications is March 4. Prospective applicants should visit www.thehenryford.org/neh for application instructions and complete workshop details.
Each workshop is limited to 40 participants only. Participants will be selected through a competitive process and will receive a stipend of $1,200. Stipends are intended to help cover living expenses, books and travel. Additionally, participants will have a chance to earn continuing education, undergraduate, and graduate credit.
Contact Paula Gangopadhyay at PaulaG@TheHenryFord.org or direct specific application-related inquiries to Christopher Hemler, manager of Education and Learning Programs, at ChristopherH@TheHenryFord.org or 313-982-6036.
Summer travel programs designed for educators
Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers.
GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2014: India Spring Break, Morocco Spring Break, India/Nepal, Italy, Portugal/Spain, Amalfi Coast, Greece, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos, Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Turkey, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Costa Rica, Peru, and The Galapagos Islands. The registration deadline is June 1, 2014, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline.
Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are eight to 24 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached seven days a week, toll free at 877-600-0105 between 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Earn PD, graduate credit in the Amazon Rainforest
Join a cadre of scientists and spirited teacher educators in Peru, July 1 to 11, 2014, for the Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest. This travel opportunity, sponsored by Environmental Expeditions, is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for educators to use and learn innovative instructional approaches and protocols, and work side by side with scientists while exploring one of the world’s most important natural resources—the Amazon rainforest.
- Small group field study includes:
- 21st-Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, inquiry-based exploration, STEM problem-based learning
- Inquiry protocols and resources: Project Learning Tree, GLOBE, Cornell Lab’s BirdSleuth
- Global and cultural perspectives: service learning, sustainability, global education
- Rainforest Topics: rainforest plants and ecology, medicinal plants biodiversity in the tropics, biomimicry camouflage and adaptation field research, reptiles and amphibians canopy walkway, forest level comparisons Amazon watershed, sustainability rainforest conservation and climate change.
- Academic Credit and a Machu Picchu extension are optional. The land cost is $2,140, plus airfare, but $1,000 professional development scholarships are available at www.amazonworkshops.com/educators--naturalists.html. The website also features complete details and a syllabus.
For more information, contact Christa Dillabaugh, academy program coordinator, at email@example.com or 800-431-3634.