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Summer Institute for Educators

2006-06-01

EXPLORING IDENTITY:
USING CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
AS LEARNING LABS

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTE
SPONSORED BY

THE NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE NEWARK MUSEUM
AND
WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

JULY 5-7 & continuing, JULY 10-14, 2006


The New Jersey Historical Society, The Newark Museum and William Paterson University announce their 10th annual graduate course, Exploring Identity: Using Cultural Institutions as Learning Labs, an interdisciplinary Teacher Training Institute for 8 days, July 5th through 14th, 2006. Held on site at both the Historical Society and The Newark Museum in downtown Newark, this three-credit graduate course will give Kindergarten – grade 12 teachers, principals, curriculum, library and media specialists experience using primary sources, artifacts, and community resources to enhance their instructional effectiveness.

An innovative Professional Development opportunity for educators serving students from early childhood through high school, Exploring Identity has been designed to acquaint participants with non-traditional teaching methods and their practical classroom applications, to help them adapt to different learning styles and to build their skills for meeting core curriculum content standards in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts. Institute sessions will convene in the galleries and classrooms of The New Jersey Historical Society and The Newark Museum, two of New Jersey's premier cultural institutions, and be conducted by a team of experienced museum educators, master teachers, content specialists, and seasoned consultants.

Each day of Exploring Identity explores the concept from different perspectives (through Self; Communities; History, Culture, and the Arts), through interdisciplinary teaching strategies, and by integrating the resources of the sponsoring cultural institutions as well as customized classroom exercises. Participants will be exposed to a range of gallery activities and complimentary classroom lessons, where they will develop art skills in studio workshops, expand their knowledge of humanities themes, and experiment with creative, non-traditional approaches for translating complex subject matter to their students, and for meeting New Jersey State Core Curriculum standards. Every registrant will receive an Institute Reference Notebook, including lesson plans, activities, and reference articles, and will be given opportunities for group brainstorming with colleagues and consultations with Institute staff to help them devise and adapt lessons for actual applications in their own schools and classrooms. Examples of assessment strategies for the activities and classroom lessons will be an integral part of each day’s workshops. As an added benefit to registrants, The New Jersey Historical Society and The Newark Museum are offering half-price field trips to their students for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The class is held 9:30 am – 3: 30 pm on Wednesday - Friday the first week and Monday - Friday the second week. To register for Exploring Identity: Using Cultural Institutions as Learning Labs for graduate credit, contact the Office of Graduate Studies, William Paterson University, 973-720-2237. To register for non-credit (only $95!) and for further information please contact Margaret Renn, Curator of Education, The New Jersey Historical Society, 973-596-8500 x236.

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