Over the next five years the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in partnership with professional educators, communities, and partner organizations will develop a comprehensive park education program featuring interdisciplinary curriculum-based programs and resources for a variety of ages and grade levels.
The C&O Canal staff are transforming their education programs to meet state and Common Core Standards. We are developing standards-based programs at our three education sites: Cumberland, Williamsport, and Great Falls. These new programs will provide students with an interdisciplinary experience touching on a variety of subject areas and utilizing various methods for student engagement and active learning.
In summer of 2013, a group of teachers from Allegany County Public Schools attended a week-long workshop to develop a series of curriculum programs and resources for our most western park locations. These programs will be piloted in Spring 2014.
Starting in the fall, park staff will engage with educators at the east end of the park and continue curriculum devleopment from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown in Washington DC to the rural farmlands and mountains in western Maryland.
We are always looking for talented teachers to help with the education transformation. Thanks to the generosity of the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal Association, we offer summer positions as well as school-year positions with our Canal Classroom Corps. You must have experience teaching, substitute teaching, or working with K-12 students in a school environment. Certification in elementary or secondary education is preferred. If you are interested in applying, contact us via email.
Did You Know?
A mule is a hybrid animal, a mix of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack). Remember, "M" for mom, "M" for mare and "D" for dad, "D" for donkey. Switching the parents will produce a hinny. The mule is the superior work animal, preferred by canal boat captains on the C&O Canal.