Promoting Geographic Practices in the Summer (and FALL) of 2016
As most of you know already, members of the New York Geographic Alliance worked two years ago to complete a resource for upper elementary teachers, the Erie Canal Module. It is currently in booklet form and a CD with resources (maps, photos, articles). This resource is available to any New York teacher upon request. This summer we want to finish a module for middle school, centered around NYGA's Atlas of the Erie Canal: Legacies of the Erie Canal. We still need help! Several NYGA members came to Monroe Community College in July to help with lesson-writing. We made a lot of progress. If you are able to help us proofread or if you have a lesson that you think should be included, contact the NYGA Office at (585)-292-2398. Our goal is to have the booklets ready for distribution at GeoFest 2016 on November 2016.
Teachers at the NYSCSS Summer Institute made a human map of New York out in the plaza.
Another initiative of the New York Geographic Alliance is our Good Geographic Practices workshops. We partnered with the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES to bring two workshops to Newark, NY last spring, one for elementary and the other for secondary. Since they were successful, we are looking to replicate this program to other BOCES (or teacher centers, UFT, etc.). Tim McDonnell presented lessons for Global History and Geography at the DCMO BOCES in Norwich (July 11th). Lessons for all grade levels were demonstrated at the NYSCSS Summer Institute in Albany on July 19th. We have made plans to present several more workshops in the fall: at the OCM BOCES (Syracuse - Oct. 20th) and at the Genesee Valley Education Center (LeRoy, NY) on October 6th and November 29th, and at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES (Watertown) on November 27th.
Sadly, two or three people cannot make this work. We need more trained presenters. Many of our members are Teacher Consultants, or they have experience in presenting to other educators. Does this describe you? Would you be interested in working with NYGA to bring more workshops to other parts of the state? If so, then we request that you contact Tim McDonnell (New York Geographic Alliance Coordinator). He will arrange a time to meet with you.