The Teachers’ Program for Global Studies, in partnership with the Elms College Division of Education, began offering a number of seminars and workshops for teachers in 2014 and 2015, and is continuing the partnership in 2016.
The Massachusetts Geographic Alliance (MGA), one of 50 state geography alliances affiliated with the National Geographic Society, wants to improve geo-literacy not only among college-age and younger students, but among teachers as well. A grassroots organization comprising hundreds of teachers in the Commonwealth dedicated to improving geography education, MGA received a $27,500 grant in the fall of 2014 from the National Geographic Education Foundation and, in partnership with the Elms College Division of Education, brought a number of seminars and workshops for teachers to the Elms campus in 2014 and 2015, and is continuing in 2016. Elms is now one of MGA’s regional geographic centers, joining Bridgewater State University and Salem State University.
Funding for the workshops and seminars is provided by a grant from the Massachusetts Consortium for Global Education at Framingham State University and hosted by Elms College.
Individual seminars are co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance, the Geography Department at Westfield State College, Geography Department at Bridgewater State University, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, the Leventhal Map Museum at Boston Public Library, and the Africa Studies Center at Boston University.
These workshops are open to all current teachers, teachers in training and undergraduate education majors. It is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Consortium for Global Education at Framingham State University and is hosted by Elms College.
January 23, 9 am–3 pm
A history of Islam, a review of its teachings, examples of art and architecture in the world of Islam, and a list of local resources for teachers will be provided. Presenters are professors Caner Dagli, and Martin Pion. This seminar is geared toward middle and high school teachers; cost is $15.
April 2, 9 am to noon
Teachers who attend the workshop will have first choice in arranging either use of the National Geographic Giant Floor Map or Earth View at their schools. Teachers will have a two-period period in which to schedule their schools' visits from the National Geographic Giant Floor Map; visits by Earth View will be scheduled over a one-month timeframe. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 attendees and is open to elementary, middle and high school teachers. Presenters are TBA; cost is $15.
April 9, 9 am to noon
The use of maps in the classroom will be explored, from historical and whimsical to GIS, to help educators in teaching about cultures around the globe. Presenters include Michelle LeBlanc of Norman B. Leventhal Map Museum at Boston Public Library, Professor Vernon Domingo and Professor Tim LeDoux. The audience for this seminar is middle and high school teachers; the cost is $15.
NEW DATE Monday, April 25 1, 4 to 7 pm, Faculty Dining Room, Dooley College Center
Current examples of multicultural literature for use in the classroom will be reviewed. Teachers will receive at least one book for their classrooms and lesson plans tied to the Common Core standards. Presenters will include Elms Professor Jan Stetson and Nina Metz, a retired master teacher. This seminar is aimed at elementary and middle school teachers; cost is $15.
August 1-3, 9 am to 3 pm
This three-day seminar/workshop focuses on historical immigration waves in the U.S., current immigration policies, and the refugee crisis in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Presenters will include Professor Greg White, Mimi Stephens and the Choices Program, and Elms History Professor Damien Murray. This workshop is geared toward middle and high school teachers; the cost is $50.
All sessions will be held at Elms College, specific locations are announced as they are scheduled.