Speaking in Boston in October 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, “Knowledge – that is, education in its true sense – is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and panic-making fear, whether engendered by special interests, illiberal minorities or panic-stricken leaders.”
At a time when civil discourse and mutual respect can be hard to come by, FDR’s thinking about education inspired the teachers and other educators who planned this year’s Teaching the Hudson Valley institute.
Building Community with Place-Based Learning will be held July 25th to the 27th at the Henry Wallace Education and Visitor Center on the grounds of the Franklin Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park and sites throughout the Valley. The program includes more than 15 workshops and five all-day field experiences.
Although designed with educators in mind, anyone who works with children or youth and those with an interest in the Valley’s culture, environment, or history, are encouraged to register. The event aims to explore innovative ways to engage children and young people in the democratic process using the area’s significant places.
Featured speakers include Gina Dellatte, a high school teacher at Newburgh Free Academy North, and Yonkers-based sculptor Vinnie Bagwell. Dellatte will open the three days with an interactive session, Mountain or River? Building Classroom Communities. Bagwell is creating a sculptural rain garden to honor the contributions of Africans who were enslaved at Philipse Manor Hall. She and storyteller Ty Gray-EL will share what they’ve learned about the lives of these individuals.
More information and a complete list of sessions can be accessed on THV’s website.
Photo of Campaign buttons shadowbox provided by Teaching Hudson Valley.