Curriculum Workshops

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Teachers in Montgomery County, Washington County, and Allegany County in Maryland have thus far helped the park develop curriculum-based education programs in Great Falls, Williamsport, and the Cumberland area.

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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 were piloted in Spring 2014.

In the fall, park staff engaged with educators at the east end of the park and continued curriculum development from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown in Washington DC to the rural farmlands and mountains in western Maryland.

Join C&O Canal Rangers for a day in the park to learn about curriculum based education programs available to local students. Education programs are designed in collaboration with local teachers and include pre/post visit materials, a STEM activity and are tied to national and state learning standards. The 8-hour training focuses on grade specific curriculum programs. Teachers participating will receive a stipend and are guaranteed bus funding in the upcoming school year to visit the park. Please check back in April 2015 for upcoming workshop dates during summer months, as well as other professional development opportunities.


Teachers in Allegany County helped develop curriculum-based education programs for the Cumberland area, with education programs now offered at Paw Paw, Oldtown, Spring Gap, and Canal Place.

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Teachers in Allegany County participate in a teacher workshop.

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Most recently, the park worked with Montgomery County teachers and park partners to develop curriculum-based programs in Great Falls (Potomac, MD).

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