NORTH ADAMS -- For the 10th year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer "The Upper Housatonic Valley Experience" to Berkshire County and northwestern Connecticut middle and high school teachers on the historical, industrial, cultural and environmental influences of the region. This three-credit course, will take place June 24 to 28, and is open to middle and high school teachers of history, social studies, English, science, business and industrial technology. The course integrates various aspects of the heritage of the Upper Housatonic River Valley - the social, cultural, economic and industrial history of the valley, the ecology of the river throughout that history, and the symbiotic relationship between that history and ecology. Instructors from MCLA and Berkshire Community College (BCC) will assist students in designing projects that will infuse this information into their classrooms while meeting state standards.
Field trips to local cultural, environmental and business sites, and guest lecturers will be a major portion of the course. Participants will review their current curricula and develop standards-based lessons related to the Upper Housatonic River Valley content that integrate contextual applications and motivational instructional strategies. Individuals, school-based and/or content-based teams will develop written lesson plans suitable for dissemination. The course content can be applied to any river watershed area.
A stipend will be provided to participants who successfully complete the course. Enrollment is capped at 16, so those interested should register early. Funding is available. Details will be made available during the course. For info or to register: 413-662-5216.