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“Climate change is real”
Say new state standards & NYSSBA 

The NYS School Boards Association’s new report recommends that when it comes to climate change school districts and teachers should avoid debate and let the data speak for itself.

Time for a break, but we’ll be back soon

THV is on vacation, but we’ll be back late in October with new posts. In the meantime, here are a few of the things going on and lots to plan for throughout the fall.

Sharing place-based ideas . . .
With colleagues and students

I want to increase the number of teachers who include place-based opportunities for their students. As a teacher, I know that I am much more apt to try something new if an activity or lesson is already created, so that I don’t have to recreate the wheel.

What plants grow at your school?
A project for the new school year

In the spring of 2016, fifth graders at Woodstock Day School began a study of native and invasive plants on the school property. Their classroom teacher, Jennifer Farmer, and I – the science teacher — worked together to maximize learning. Students were already familiar with water chestnuts from an earlier trip to Saugerties Lighthouse.

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.

Teaching about climate science

In an April letter to members, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) urged, “Just teach science in your classroom.” Why?

Minnewaska State Park: A Place of Wonder

Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a vital space for future generations argues a middle school teacher. “First of all, it is beautiful. I have traveled to many wild parks in America on both coasts and all over the Rocky Mountain region — and Lake Minnewaska and its surrounding land are special. Standing on top of the cliffs….

What’s Hugo’s Story?

What’s Hugo’s story? Let’s back up. The real question was, “What is the story of the New Paltz Huguenots, and how could I break it down so kids got it?” It’s the first question I pondered upon becoming Historic Huguenot Street’s school programming coordinator. I had taught for years so I was used to asking those kinds of questions.

Understanding Slavery in the Hudson Valley

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), has been telling the story of slavery in the colonial north for more than 20 years. Now, with the National Endowment for the Humanities, HHV offers “Slavery in the Colonial North”, a summer institute for teachers, July 9-14 at Philipsburg Manor.

December is Human Rights Month

Activities and lessons commemorating adoption of the UDHR can be especially meaningful in the Hudson Valley because of Eleanor Roosevelt’s lead role in drafting and securing its passage.