BLM works with a variety of partners to offer professional development opportunities for teachers. Covering such topics as archaeology, fire ecology, energy on public lands and more, teacher workshops provide educators with background information, new tools, and resources that can be incorporated into lesson plans for all grade levels. A few examples are presented here. Check back often for updates on the latest workshop offerings and check the “Programs in Your Area” section for workshops in your state.
Project Archaeology is designed to teach young people to value and conserve our nation’s rich cultural heritage now and in the future. Investigating Shelter, Project Archaeology’s new curriculum guide, was designed using a state-of-the-art curriculum development model and the assistance of more than 100 educators and archaeologists from across the nation. It meets national education standards in science, social studies, geography, history, language arts, and mathematics. Workshops on Investigating Shelter are offered for educators who want to use these materials in their classroom.
In the summer of 2008, the Utah Museum of Natural History and the Utah Education Network piloted an online course for Investigating Shelter using WebCT technology. A new Master Teacher program will enable skilled Project Archaeology teachers throughout the nation to provide job-embedded training to their peers.
For more information on Project Archaeology, see www.projectarchaeology.org.
For a schedule of Project Archaeology teacher workshops, see http://projectarchaeology.org/Calendar.html