Presentations and resources #THV2017

Building Community with Place-Based Learning

July 25-27, FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park

This year’s institute focused on sharing tools and strategies — across disciplines — for teaching an understanding of democracy, practicing civil discourse, and modeling respect for all.  Place-based learning was a key component since it promotes appreciation for and stewardship of our region’s diverse culture, history, and ecosystems while promoting civic engagement.

To get an idea of how packed the three days were, download descriptions of this year’s workshops and field experiences or the institute program. To go deeper, here are materials presenters shared from their sessions.

Art, history, & social studies Environment, geography, & science

Scroll down for resources on building community and planning/funding field experiences.

Knowledge — that is, education in its true sense — is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice, and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interests, illiberal minorities or panic-stricken leaders. — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Boston, Oct. 31, 1932

Building community, showing respect

Gina Dellatte, high school ELA teacher, Newburgh Free Academy North, NECSD, opened the institute with Mountain or River? Building Classroom Communities

  • Handout  (2 pp) — person-first language and The Genderbread Person, a guide to identity (THV has a small number of paper copies. Email us to request copies.)

    Gina Dellatte with the genderbread person. Photo by Bill Urbin, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHA, National Park Service.

Two double workshops continued the theme.

Safe Schools for All: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming StudentsGLSEN Hudson Valley: Peter Mostachetti (LMSW), student outreach coordinator, and Christopher Wyble, professional development coordinator

  • Visit the chapter website for lessons, professional development, research, and more.

Teaching Tough Topics, Laura Garcia, racial justice program manager, YWCA Orange County; Christine McCartney and Ginny McCurdy, ELA teachers, Newburgh Free Academy; and Kathy Wurster, social studies teacher, Washingtonville HS

  • Teaching Tough Topics is a project of Mid Hudson Social Studies Council, Orange County Human Rights Commission, Hudson Valley Writing Project, and YWCA Orange County. Explore their website.

Putting it all together

Planning and Paying for Student Field Experiences — Susan Carver, Connect Kids, NYS Parks; Debi Duke, THV; Nancy Faddis-DeCerbo, program manager, Orange-Ulster BOCES; Dorna Schroeter, program coordinator, Center for Environmental Education, Putnam-No. Westchester, BOCES; and Natashea Winters, community engagement officer, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Orange-Ulster BOCES offers support for Outdoor & Environmental Education and Enrichment. To see what reimbursements your school may be eligible for, find your BOCES and a guide like the one shown above. Then, look for enrichment, field trips, or similar topics in the table of contents. Note that some districts receive services from more than one BOCES.