Plot-based science . . . or any other discipline

Antioch’s Jimmy Karlan challenged THV summer institute participants to devise real problems students could study and address and to align them with core ideas from the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Here are two examples of what they came up along with Jimmy’s observations and suggestions.

4 Ways to Get Kids Looking Around

Cool projects that encourage kids to look more closely at their world. Each offers them an opportunity to see their work online or in print. Most include additional prizes.

Local student insists
“We have solutions to climate change”

My name is Clea Schumer. I’m a senior at Red Hook High School. For good or for bad, I’ve always been the kind of person to gravitate towards things that I perceive as major, unresolved issues. . . . . I can’t think of a larger problem than the climate change crisis and we have the solutions at hand to solve it.

Rev up as summer winds down
+ 9 more chances to see THV presenters

Our fabulous institute presenters shared handouts, PowerPoints, and more from Teaching for Engagement in the Hudson Valley: The Next 100 Years Depend on It. We are so happy to share with you. Plus opportunities to learn with them this fall.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

A round up of Hudson Valley places that will be free to fourth graders thanks to the White House’s new initiative, Every Kid in a Park. Students may go to any NPS site or to to obtain a pass that allows the student and family free entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas across the country.

Eleanor’s Kitchen & the Roosevelt Home Garden

Throughout his life, FDR ate many meals prepared from food grown in the garden on his family’s estate. As the National Park Service prepares to restore the Roosevelt Home Garden, THV’s Student Conservation Associate, Natalie Cheung, shares some thoughts on the family’s approach to food.

New Hudson Valley lesson plans

The Hudson River Valley Institute is a robust resource for anyone who wants to encourage place-based learning. Our website, lectures, and biannual journal are enjoyed by enthusiasts, students, and teachers alike. With a new set of lesson plans we hope to make be even more valuable to K-12 teachers.

From Teaching Engagement to YOU

There’s lots more to come from last week’s institute, but here are a few treats to get you started — resources shared by Kate Brill (Scenic Hudson), Shira Epstein (CUNY), and Bill Valosin (Saratoga National Historical Park) plus some extras.

Eels, dragonflies, and engagement

Some 20 intrepid souls traipsed down the banks of the Hudson near Vanderbilt Mansion yesterday. They joined environmental educators Chris Bowser, and Susanne Norris for Case Studies in Citizen Science.

Teaching for Engagement Day 1

Day 1 of Teaching for Engagement in the Hudson Valley was nothing short of successful. Read about some of our highlights so far!

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