More Learning Opportunities

We seem to be on something of a roll here about educational opportunities on the Trails of History (with a brief detour for Groundhog Day, which I guess you could consider a teachable moment). Anyway, we might as well keep it rolling.

If you’re a teacher or librarian in grades K-6 working in the Central Susquehanna or Capital Area Intermediate Unit, you may be interested in the PHMC and Pennsylvania Heritage Society partnership with those IUs. Applicants for the 2012-2013 teacher development program (which will focus on the American Revolution and Constitution periods) are now welcome. There is no tuition fee for the program, which is funded by a Teaching American History grant from the US Department of Education. The deadline to apply is March 2; information and application materials are available here. (Guest blogger Rhonda Newton provided a glimpse of last summer’s program here. Details for this summer’s experience will be different, but this gives you an idea.)

We’ve featured the sailing program of the Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara a number of times, and it always seems to draw interest from Trailheads readers. Recruitment is now underway for high school and college students interested in a unique (yeah, that’s overused, but it fits here) educational experience onboard Niagara(you can find contact info on their website). Students sign up for three-week stints and can, through partnerships between schools and the Flagship Niagara League, receive academic credit. One of the three-week slots has already filled, but enrollment is still available for the following: May 31-June 19 (college level history voyage, which we featured on Trailheads in 2010); June 22-July 12 (high school level voyage); and July 11-31 (college level science voyage). If you’d like to learn first-hand about what students think of this experience, one of last summer’s participants wrote about it for her school newspaper (it was picked up on the “My High School Journalism” blog).


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