Posts by: Debi Duke

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Responding to Charlottesville

No Civil War battles were fought in the Hudson Valley,  but we are not immune to the legacies of  slavery and racism.  When school reopens next month words and images from Charlottesville will be added to those students already carry from Ferguson, Staten Island, and so many other places.

Fun facts about #THV2017 presenters

As always, THV is blessed with a fascinating group of presenters for our July 25-27 institute, “Building Community with Place-Based Learning.” Andrew Meyer, for instance, shown here with headlamp, is a shoreline conservation specialist with the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. To find out what that means, join us! Read on for more.

Notes on Access for All

November 18 nearly 30 educators gathered in Hyde Park for Access for All: Creating Universally Designed Outdoor Learning Experiences, a daylong workshop facilitated by Kathy Ambrosini, education director, Mohonk Preserve. Time and space don’t permit a full review, but here are a few things that jumped out.

Ideas for classroom writing

Most teachers, regardless of what they teach, tell me they’re always looking for new ways to encourage student writing. THV tries to do our part with the annual Writing about Place contest, but lots of other ideas show up in our mail box, so from time to time, I like to share a few.

More on THV institute 2015

Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing the presenters for this year’s institute. Today, meet Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, founders, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, and Willow McCormick, an ES teacher and Oregon Writing Project fellow.

Citizen History, Part 2

In October, we wrote about a few ready-made history projects that seemed analogous to those within the citizen science movement, i.e., planned, and to some extent managed, by regional or even national organizations. Since there weren’t many, we wanted to share some homegrown ideas and models you can adapt or duplicate.

More support for using primary sources

Primary sources are great for place-based learning, and this blog has written about them often. So, whether using more primary sources was one of your new years’ resolutions — or not — we’re thrilled to share three tools to make it easier.

Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, the Hudson Valley, and place-based learning

This was not an easy post to write and you may be scratching your head over the title, but please read on and let me know if you agree with the connections I see.

Do role-plays complement field experiences?

Historic sites and museums have long used role- plays, simulations, and similar activities to engage kids. While they “feel” like ideal strategies for consolidating student learning, I never thought much about why that should be.

Citizen History? Part 1

This, the first of two planned posts on “citizen history”, looks at ready-made opportunities–those most like what exists within the citizen science movement. Later we’ll share ideas and models from local teachers and historical societies that you can adapt to your situation.