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 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.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
This seminar will provide a brief history of Islam, a review of its teachings, current politics, and a list of local resources for teachers. PDPs are available (email firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics) and Elms students are welcome. Materials and resources provided, and lunch is included. Presenters are Todd Lewis, professor of world religions at College of the Holy Cross; Martin Pion, professor of religious studies at Elms College; and Michael Butler, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Clark University. This seminar is geared toward middle and high school teachers; registration fee is $25, lunch is provided.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:30-6 p.m. Faculty Dining Room, Mary Dooley College Center, Elms College
This workshop is geared toward K-8 teachers who would like to have free use of the new 16-ft x 20-ft National Geographic Massachusetts Giant State Floor Map in their schools. Participating teachers get licensed to use the map and receive a free week to host the map in their schools. Refreshments are provided; registration fee is $15.