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Spring 2003 Workshops and Meeting Conferences
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WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS

Teachers' Workshop Planned for St. Simons Island, GA
Archaeology is an innovative and hands-on method of teaching objectives in all subject areas, especially social studies. It is a multi-disciplinary and versatile teaching tool that addresses multiple learning needs. A workshop, Archaeology and Enhancing Classroom Instruction, will be held July 21-25 on St. Simons Island, Georgia. It will introduce educators to a successful archaeology education program for students, which has been incorporated into the local school district's 4th grade curriculum. Both the program and workshop are the result of a partnership between the Glynn County School System and the National Park Service at Fort Frederica National Monument. In this workshop teachers will learn the basics of archaeology from professional archaeologists, participate in an excavation, and learn methods used in an archaeology lab. Participants will gain insight on how history is interpreted through the study of archaeology and how that can be used to enhance instruction in their classrooms. Lesson plans, activities, materials, and resources will be provided that can be adapted for use in any classroom to integrate the study of archaeology in all areas of the curriculum. Contact: Ellen Provenzano, Glynn County Schools Archaeology Education Coordinator, at 912-638-6200 or eproven@glynn.k12.ga.us.

NEH Grant to Crow Canyon Covers Teachers' Stipends
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado, has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a four-week institute for middle and high school teachers, July 6-August 2. The institute, titled Cultural History in the American Southwest: Convergences and Crossroads, will provide teachers with an intensive, inquiry-based study of the area's cultural history.

Dr. Elaine Davis, Crow Canyon's director of education, and Margie Connolly, assistant director of education, are co-directors for the institute. An interdisciplinary approach including archaeology, history, anthropology and oral tradition will introduce participants to multiple perspectives on human history in the Four Corners. "This is an extremely dynamic form of professional development," said Davis. "It includes dialog with outstanding scholars, the reading and discussion of significant texts as well as authentic research experiences. It also recognizes the importance of place in the construction of historical narratives, thus the institute is not static. We will visit sites of both ancient and present day communities in the Four Corners."

Twenty-five teachers will be selected to participate. They will be awarded a stipend of $2,800 to help cover travel costs, books, and living expenses. Additional information about the institute will be posted on Crow Canyon's Web site at www.crowcanyon.org. Interested teachers must apply by March 1. To request an application, send an email to the project directors at m.connolly@crowcanyon.org.

Project Archaeology Workshops
Project Archaeology workshops will be scheduled in several states throughout the U.S. Attendees participating in the Teacher Workshops will learn activities that are included in the course material Intrigue of the Past: A Teacher's Activity Guide for Grades 4-7. Fun experiences include fundamental concepts in archaeology, archaeology processes and issues, local archaeology for your area, and a field trip.

For more details on Project Archaeology or to find out about workshops in your area, contact Suzanne Boles, Project Archaeology Coordinator, at 970-882-4811 or suzanne_boles@co.blm.gov. Or check out the new web site at www.blm.gov/heritage/project_archaeology.htm.

A sampling of upcoming teacher workshops includes:

California:
May 8 & 15—Los Angeles
Indiana:
June 24-26—Hamilton County, Noblesville

July 29-31—Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville
New York:
Late July—TBA

Indiana Schedules Project Archaeology Workshops
Project Archaeology is an educational program designed to teach students to value and protect our nation's rich cultural past. Students learn scientific inquiry, history, math, language arts and critical thinking skills through a variety of hands-on activities. Through the use of the educator's resource guide, Intrigue of the Past, as well as an Indiana-specific supplement, teachers can bring archaeology to the classroom. For more information or to register for a Indiana Project Archaeology workshop, contact Alicia Stewart, Project Archaeology Coordinator, at astewart@dnr.state.in.us or 317-233-9348.

Noblesville: Strawtown Prehistoric Site—June 24-26
Learn how to use archaeology to meet your own curricular goals in this 3-day intensive workshop. Highlights include focused discussions with professionals, quality educational materials, hands-on lessons and guest speakers in addition to real field experience! Located at Strawtown, a prehistoric Native American site located in Hamilton County, participants experience the ins and outs of a real archaeological excavation.
Evansville: Angel Mounds State Historic Site—July 29-31
This Project Archaeology Teacher Workshop helps teachers to bring archaeology to the classroom. In addition to hands-on lessons and quality materials, participants experience a site tour of Angel Mounds and real archaeology field experience at a historic site in nearby New Harmony. Professional archaeologists and guest speakers provide expert information on Indiana's cultural history.

 

CONFERENCES

AAM Plans Conference in Oregon
How can archaeology be used in the classroom? This topic will be the focus of an educator-archaeologist event planned for the Society for Historical Archaeology's annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, in January. An archaeologist and two educators will work in tandem, sharing their professional expertise with an audience comprised of archaeologists and social studies teachers. A current research report presented by a historical archaeologist will be deconstructed and translated by social studies curriculum specialists for use in the classroom. The aim of this event is two-fold: 1) local Providence area teachers will have access to professional archaeology research while receiving professional instruction in how to incorporate such archaeology content into lesson plans, and 2) archaeologists will have an opportunity to learn how educators make use of archaeology material for instructional needs. In this manner, the event assists the membership with their professional mandate to undertake public outreach.

This event is being organized by Patrice L. Jeppson and Tara Tetrault of the SHA Public Education and Information Committee (K-12 Education Subcommittee) who are working with Alan Leveillee, the Local Host Organizer of the conference's Public Session. How Can Archaeology Be Used In The Classroom? will be an hour-long session held on Saturday, January 18, during the Public Session portion of the SHA Conference. The SHA is meeting at the Westin Hotel (downtown) in Providence, Rhode Island. For further information contact Patrice L. Jeppson at 215-563-9262 (pjeppson@kern.com) or Tara Tetrault 301-881-7440 (ttetraul@mc.cc.md.us).

AAM Plans Conference in Oregon
The American Association of Museums will hold their annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, May 18-22. The theme for the 2003 conference will be Bridges to the World. Museums show that there are many paths to knowledge. They are places that can help create a passion for lifelong learning, preserve a vanishing past, serve as a bridge to a shared future. Museums can help celebrate tolerance and freedom, teach respect for cultural differences, nurture an understanding of our connections to a fragile world and to each other. For more information on the upcoming conference, check the web site at www.aam-us.org.

Social Science Conference to be Held in Hawaii
The second Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences will be held from June 12-15 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from social sciences and related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions are welcome. For more information, check the web site at www.hicsocial.org.

World Archaeological Congress Plans 2003 D.C. Meeting
The World Archaeological Congress, the only worldwide representative organization of practicing archaeologists, holds a congress every four years in order to promote the exchange of archaeological research and data, and to provide a forum for dialogue and debate. The Fifth World Archaeological Congress will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Catholic University of America in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution on June 21-26, 2003. For more information, contact Joan Gero at wac5@american.edu.

AASLH Meeting Set for Rhode Island
The American Association for State and Local History will hold their annual meeting September 17-20 in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme of the 2003 meeting will be Responses to Change. The 21st century has brought with it a myriad of changes—economic, political, cultural, and social. Historical organizations are faced not only with the challenge of responding to those changes, but also with recording and preserving evidence of their impact on local and state communities. Panels, workshops, and roundtables will address various aspects of the topic. For more information, check the AASLH web site at www.aaslh.org.

NAI to Hold Meeting in Nevada
The next conference of the National Association for Interpretation will be held in Sparks, Nevada, November 11-15. The theme for the 2003 meeting will be Sparks Your Imagination. For more information, contact Bill Lindemann, blsierra@jps.net or 530-525-3341. The 2004 meeting will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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