Teaching for Engagement in the Hudson Valley: The Next 100 Years Depend on It  Featuring teachers, scholars, and local experts

Hyde Park, NY – Educators and the public are invited to discover new and innovative ways to engage children and young people in our region’s culture, history, and future at Teaching for Engagement in the Hudson Valley: The Next 100 Years Depend on It. The conference will be held July 28-30 at the Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Registration is required and fees rise after July 4.
Participants will choose from some 20 workshops. Presenters and facilitators from Dutchess County include Debby Brooks, art teacher, Poughkeepsie High; JoAnne Myers, professor of political science and women’s studies, Marist College; Susanne Norris, environmental education and natural resource specialist, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site; Jeff Urbin, educator, FDR Library/Museum; and staff from Poughkeepsie-based Scenic Hudson andSpark Media Project. Attendees also will opt for one of six extended field experiences including a tour of the living building at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck accompanied by a related workshop on biomimicry.
Sarah Olson, superintendent, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt-Van Buren National Historic Sites, said she is always excited to meet participants at this annual event. “The National Park Service is preparing for its centennial in 2016,” she noted, “and we look forward to the next 100 years and to rededicating ourselves to preparing future caretakers of our nation’s special places.
“While our roots lie in the parks’ majestic, often isolated natural wonders,” she added, “our reach today extends to places difficult to imagine 100 years ago—into urban centers, across rural landscapes, deep within oceans, and across night skies. By preparing adults to help children and teens acquire tools for engaging with these places and their communities we hope we’re creating life-long stewards for the 21st century as well as providing stimulating experiences today.”
Complete release at http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/media-releases/registration-open/. A list of presenters and their organizations is included.