Thursday, April 7, 2016

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

We decided to host four 1-day spring workshops across the state in April rather than a summer educator workshop. More information and a link to register for any of these workshops-- Great Falls (April 21), Billings (April 27), Miles City (April 28) and Sidney (April 29)-- is here. (And let me know what you think of this decision so we can take your opinion into consideration for next year.)

There are also lots of good options for folks looking for summer PD.

I wrote about Worlds Apart But Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All (a weeklong workshop in Missoula) last week.

Here are some other opportunities from Project Archaeology:

Changing Land: Changing Life; Archaeology in the Absalooke Homeland will be held July 27th-29th near Columbus, MT. July 27th - 29th near Columbus, MT. Join us to learn about the reservation period in the United States through the lens of archaeology. You will have the opportunity to learn the history of the Crow Indian Agencies established during the reservation period of 1869-1884. Participating as a learner, you will use historical and scientific inquiry to uncover the history of this significant time, and learn how the Crow transitioned from a foraging to agricultural lifestyle. Using primary documents and oral history, you will study actual archaeological artifacts excavated at the second Crow Agency, learn about the art of beading, and find out how the archaeological evidence of food can tell us the story of transition from one lifestyle to another. This unit is designed for 3-5th grade students. Cost: $228. Register here.

Investigating Garnet Ghost Town Professional Development Workshop will be held in Garnet, MT, September 10th, 2016. Join us for an exciting trip back in time to the historic town of Garnet. You will investigate the history of this unique ghost town using primary documents including census records, maps and historic photographs. Use the curriculum in your classroom to fulfill Common Core State Standards, while your students discover historical inquiry through engaging hands on activities. You will receive full instruction in the curriculum guide, Investigating Garnet: A Historic Mining Town. Cost: $50. Two graduate credits. Register here

Investigating Pompeii, August 1st - 5th, is being held in Bozeman in conjunction with the Museum of the Rockies newest exhibit, "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis". This brand new curriculum asks how can investigating a Roman villa help us understand the Roman people and their culture? Pompeii and the nearby villas at Oplontis offer a glimpse into the daily life of Romans as well as Rome’s elite. Through archaeology we can explore the material remains of Roman culture in the first century learning about environment, art, and lifeways. Field trips to Yellowstone National Park and a Montana archaeological site will be included in the workshop. Cost: $35. Register here.

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