In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY will be hosting an academically intensive, one-week workshop for K-12 teachers entitled “Clinton’s Ditch: the Erie Canal in Western New York.” Participants can choose from two sessions: July 21-28 or August 4-11.
Led by leading university and museum scholars on the Erie Canal, the workshop will use an interdisciplinary approach to explore the following themes:
• The historical context in which the Erie Canal was conceived and the political debates surrounding the project
• The construction and engineering challenges of building the Canal
• The social and cultural impact of the Canal on the residents of upstate New York and the nation as a whole
• The economic impact of the Canal (with particular emphasis on Buffalo)
• How best to integrate the Erie Canal in the elementary or secondary classroom
Participants can expect to supplement classroom learning with tours of historic Canal sites throughout the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse areas.
More detailed information about the workshop, including application instructions, can be found at www.eriecanalwny.org. Any educator (elementary or secondary) with an interest in the Erie Canal is encouraged to apply. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive 40 hours of professional development credit and a $1,200 stipend to cover their expenses. Please direct any questions to Pierson Bell, Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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