Public Education Committee
Teresa L. Hoffman and Jon Czaplicki
Native American Educators Are Focus of Pilot Workshop
To achieve the multiple goals of its strategic plan, the SAA Public Education
Committee (PEC) reaches out to diverse audiences through its various
subcommittees. Among those is the Subcommittee on Native American Education,
which conceived and developed the workshop "Archaeology for Native American
Educators: Building Curriculum, Building Bridges." This workshop initiative,
designed specifically for Native American educators, is a direct outgrowth of
SAA's commitment to public education. A five-day pilot workshop is scheduled
for August 4-8, 1997, at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kans.,
designed to provide Native American educators with materials and strategies for
developing various curricula based on the scientific methods and findings of
archaeology. Curricula developed by workshop participants will be used to teach
science, math, writing, fine art, and other skills to Native American children
in grades K-12. Besides showing how archaeology can be used to help teach
multiple subjects, the workshop will give educators the opportunity to evaluate
the usefulness of existing archaeology education materials and adapt them for
their own instructional needs.
The PEC envisions the pilot workshop as the first of an annual series of
workshops. The goal is to hold two or more workshops each at accessible
geographic locations in the United States, in states or regions with large
Native American populations, and, if requested, on specific reservations. The
workshop is limited to 30 participants; travel stipends of $150 will be
available to all registered participants. Applications are due by June 1, 1997.
For more information, call Jon Czaplicki (602) 395-5693, Rebecca Hawkins (513)
861-3313, Margo Price (919) 962-6574, or Anne Rogers (704) 227-7268.
PEC Anticipates Leadership Change in 1998
In further developments, PEC Chair Ed Friedman announced last fall that he will
be stepping down in 1998, following a long and successful term as the leader
for one of the most active SAA committees. Earlier this year, in keeping with
SAA policy on committee leadership, the names of potential replacements for
Friedman were forwarded to the SAA Executive Board. Three capable individuals
with an interest in serving were identified by the PEC ad hoc nominating
subcommittee and recommended to the SAA board: Shereen Lerner, Carol Ellick,
and Robert Brunswig. Lerner was selected by the board and became the
chair-designee beginning with the 1997 meetings in Nashville.
For more information on SAA PEC activities, contact Edward Friedman, Bureau of
Reclamation, P. O. Box 25007, D-5300, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 236-1061, ext.
239, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teresa L. Hoffman is with Archaeological Consulting Services, Tempe, Ariz., and
Jon Czaplicki is with the Bureau of Reclamation.