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Humanities in the City: Using local resources to enrich the humanities classroom
Offered July 10-July 14 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Cost: $650
For adults only

This is an expanded version of a workshop at the Penn Global Studies Institute (Global Arts in the Classroom: Performing, Visual, and Culinary). This workshop will focus on helping faculty identify global resources in their own community and designing lesson plans that used those resources to enrich their curriculum.

As a city institute week long program, the initial workshop would be expanded to include local as well as global lesson plans and visits to local sites - such as art museums, galleries, churches, archives, and supermarkets. Institute participants would leave with an annotated list of potential sites and contacts, information of grants/fee reductions for educational trips, and a standard aligned lesson plan.

This course is taught by Margaret Smith, upper school history teacher at Friends Select. Margaret has been teaching for 17 years at the secondary education and university levels with a focus on World History, European History, and Race and Gender Studies. She recently presented at the University of Pennsylvania's 2016 Global Education Summer Institute on Arts in the Classroom: “Finding performing, visual, and culinary art connections for your classroom in your community.” Margaret serves on the WWI Community Outreach Committee at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has published From Ideas to Realities: Enlightenment influences in Philadelphia in The Philadelphia World Heritage Tool Kit, a classroom to city lesson plan on the Enlightenment that utilizes numerous institutes in Philadelphia that students can access free of charge. She has her MA in History from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and Secondary Education Certification through the University of Pennsylvania, GSE. She is also PA certified in History and English. Margaret relishes teaching in the city and the opportunities it provides for learning outside of the classroom.