NPS Advisory Board Education Committee Visits Lowell
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
Lowell, MA-Education Committee members of the National Park Service Advisory Board, appointed by the Director of the National Park Service, will, for the first time, meet and tour the historic city of Lowell to learn of interpretation and education programming in Lowell and the Service as a whole, August 22 to 24, 2011.The members of the committee selected Lowell National Historical Park because of its nationally recognized and long-established relationship with University of Massachusetts Lowell, though the Tsongas Industrial History Center, a model for national park and university educational collaboration.
Lowell National Historical Park and University of Massachusetts Lowell's 20 year partnership has become a model for experiential education within a national park.Michael Creasey, Superintendent Lowell National Historical Park Superintendent and Anita Greenwood, Acting Dean, Graduate School of Education, UML will provide an overview of the Tsongas Industrial History Center and demonstrate some of the learning workshops in which some 50,000 school children a year get to participate. The Committee will also attend a canal tour that will begin at their door step at the University Inn & Conference Center, travel through three lock chambers along the 200+ year old Pawtucket Canal and out to the Merrimack River. On the River they, will dock to tour the newly established Merrimack River Classroom at the boathouse and meet with University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan.
Their itinerary in Lowell includes a review of the current and potential role of the National Park Service as an education institution in American education and life-long learning, identifying potential business planning processes to insure ongoing funding, and members serving as ambassadors for the National Park Service within their own spheres of influence.
The committee consists of:
Lois Adams-RodgersCouncil of State School Officials
Gloria AllenPlummer Elementary School
Claudia BrownSmithsonian Institution
Milton ChenGeorge Lucas Educational Foundation
Kevin ClarkGeorge Mason University
Theresa CobleStephen F. Austin University
Allison DruinUniversity of Maryland
John FlakOregon State University
Lesley FenwickHoward University School of Education
Tracy GrayAmerican Institute for research
*Anita GreenwoodUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
Sandra HallowayCity at Peach, DC
Ana HousealNorthern Iowa University
Don KnezekInt'l Society for Technology in Education
Keith KrugerConsortium of School Networking
Stephen LockhartEast Bay Region, Sutter Health
Jonathan NelsonOrganic Inc
James PercocoWest Springfield High School
Bonie Sachatello-SawyerHopa Mountain
Mike SearsonKean University
Deborah ShanleyBrooklyn College
Carol StappGeorge Washington University
Martin StorksdieckNational Academy of Sciences
Jessica Leigh ThompsonColorado State University
Bruce VanSledrightUniversity of Maryland
Cheryl WilliamsLearning first Alliance
Deborah YandallaConservancy for Cuyahoga Valley Nat'l Park
Don YuU.S. Department of Education
*The University of Massachusetts Lowell is pleased to announce the inclusion of Anita Greenwood, Dean of the Graduate School of Education to the esteemed list of Education Committee members.
For more information on the itinerary as well as the opportunity to meet with the group, please contact Phil Lupsiewicz, Media and Communications, Lowell National Historical Park, (978) 275-1705, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.