by Leah Habib
Place-based learning has numerous benefits for students and educators. Children immersed in such programs gain knowledge of local and sustainable issues facing the environment. For educators exiting the classroom, outdoor enrichment provides the chance to experiment with a different curriculum focused more on strengthening creativity and character while still involving historically educational stools. As reported in May, there are several options of place-based learning programs to choose from in the Hudson Valley.
Teaching the Hudson Valley, an organization that offers grants and lesson plans to promote outdoor learning, will host a three-day place-based learning institute with over 20 workshops, half a dozen field experiences, and several Hyde Park tours. Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom, a celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, will run from July 26 to 28 at the Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. The institute will feature talks by Andrés Henríquez, vice president, STEM Learning in Communities, and musician T.K Blue who will also play excerpts from his suite “Follow the North Star,” based on the life of Solomon Northup, whose story was told in the book and movie 12 Years a Slave. A panel discussion, Communities as Classrooms, with elected officials Torrance Harvey, Newburgh City Council; Steve Noble, mayor of Kingston; and Chris Pryslopski, Rosendale Town Board will be held on July 28.
Although designed for teachers, all are welcome to attend. For more information and to register visit teachingthehudsonvalley.org.