|George Brauer conducts a third grade school-based program
||George Brauer instructs high school students at the
Center for Archaeology/Baltimore County Public Schools
George Brauer has made an outstanding contribution towards the goal
of sharing archaeological knowledge with the public through facilitating
institutions and other individuals in their public education efforts.
George Brauer is an inspiration to those of us concerned with public
archaeology education and he provides an important lesson that we
in the profession can learn from about what ‘archaeology AS
education’ can be.
In his capacity as Social Studies Curriculum
Specialist for the Baltimore County Public Schools, and as founder
and Director of the school
district’s Center for Archaeology, George Brauer brings archaeology
to more than 14,000 young people annually. How does he do this?
George is Teacher-Archaeologist in the Department of Curriculum
in the 25th largest, U.S. public school district -- with 106,000
students in grades K-12. In this position, George has been able
to infuse archaeology into elementary, middle, and high school
as part of the social studies ‘scope in sequence’ curriculum.
As a result, archaeology is now part of the District’s instructional
Course Guides, primary content materials, extension and supplemental
activities, and assessment activities.
Moreover…In his official
capacity, George has founded an outdoors education facility to
support student-based archaeological research.
This facility provides a field practicum (lab experience) for an
elective archaeology course offered annually in 18 county high
schools. Students visiting the facility conduct original research
on a mid-19th
century, iron producing, company town site. Activities include
excavation, artifact processing, historical building survey, historical
reconstruction, and cemetery studies. Baltimore County Public School
students don’t just read about the past, they study, write,
and present it for others. Summer teacher training (In-Service
courses) and Gifted and Talented archaeology programs also take
place at this
facility. The Center’s Archaeology program has won the National
Council for the Social Studies award for ‘Outstanding Social
Studies Programming’ in the nation.
In George Brauer’s
curriculum-based, archaeology education scheme, archaeology terminology
and basic concepts are first presented
in the third grade and are then built upon through substantive
examples of archaeology research in middle school and later high
studies activities. The archaeology readings and exercises that
George produces are based upon professional archaeology research
data recovered by students at the District’s archaeological
facility. In these efforts, archaeology is used as a hook to grab
the interest of students as ‘a means’ to educate them.
In the process, teachers are taught (and are taught to teach),
and students learn, what archaeology is, how it is studied, what
contribute to our understanding of the past, and about the important
need for responsible heritage preservation.
George Brauer deserves
special recognition for his unique and substantial public impact
as an archaeology educator, for his creativeness
in programming, and for his leadership in the promotion of archaeology
(This Introduction was prepared in 2001 by award nominator
Patrice L. Jeppson)
For additional information on George Brauer’s
Public Archaeology activities see the following:
for Archaeology/Baltimore County Public Schools Web Site
Archaeological Record (May 2001, Vol. 1, No. 3), page 20.
• Hey, Did You Hear Abut the Teacher Who Took the Class Out to
Dig a Site? Some Common Misconceptions about Archaeology in Schools
(Co-authored with P.L. Jeppson).
In Linda Derry and Maureen Malloy, edited, Archaeologists and Local Communities:
Partners in Exploring the Past. Society for American Archaeology. Washington,