JHS Teachers Chosen to Attend National Endowment of the Humanities Workshops

Jamestown High School English teacher, Norma DeJoy and Social Studies teacher, James Krause were chosen to attend the National Endowment of the Humanities week-long summer workshops. The grants will allow Ms. DeJoy to attend “Buffalo’s Pan-American Exposition and Ideas of Progress” workshop in Buffalo, NY and Mr. Krause to attend “Forge of Innovation” in Springfield, MA. The teachers received the awards through an application process.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the federal government, whose workshops provide the opportunity for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture. These one-week programs will give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence. Seasoned professional development leaders will guide Summer Scholars through a practiced process to apply rich intellectual resources in the classroom. Lesson development will emphasize inquiry, primary source analysis, and historical thinking skills. The program will feature effective approaches to new developments in AP History and effective instructional strategies for diverse learners.

Ms. DeJoy’s workshop engages participants with Buffalo’s landmarks and rich resources to learn about the Pan-American Exposition and how this World’s Fair was a reflection of turn of the 20th century America. Broader historical narratives about the politics, economics, and society of this era will be woven throughout the workshop connecting the rich cultural heritage of Western New York to the disciplinary content of participants’ classrooms.  In this workshop, participants will learn about turn of the 20th century America through the Pan and how to teach utilizing a variety of resources such as museum exhibits, notable trade books, visual culture, historic artifacts, landmarks, archival materials, and the built environment resulting in a complex toolbox that can be used by the participants in their respective classrooms.

“I have always been fascinated by this era. This workshop will proffer in-depth information about Buffalo that I can share with my students, including access to archival materials.  I am also looking forward to collaborating with other teachers and meeting Lauren Belfer, author of City of Light,” said Ms. DeJoy.

Mr. Krause’s workshop investigates how an agricultural backwater rose to become the world’s leading industrial power. Participants will examine the long and richly documented history of economic and technical innovation in the Connecticut River Valley, built on the high-skill metals industries that supplied the Springfield Armory from 1777 to 1968. They will explore well-interpreted sites and artifacts, and study a compelling variety of primary and secondary sources. Attendees will compare four distinct economic and political models of industrial development and investigate the impacts of each model. A team of engaging, knowledgeable, teacher-friendly historians will focus on the enormous economic, social, and political changes in America from the Revolution through the early 20th Century.

“In a world were technology is constantly changing, I can use the past to show how people’s lives changed by the coming of industrialization altered work, life, play and comfort,” said Mr. Krasue. “Because of the Industrial Revolution we have an abundance of consumer goods that enrich our life and allow us to enjoy the world a little more.”

posted on 04/20/2015 - filed under: Academics, ELA, JHS, Social Studies, Spotlight, teachers