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Dissonant Voices 2017

Professional Development for Secondary Social Studies Educators

October 28th - Speaking to the Filipino American Experience

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How can personal stories and cultural symbols of diaspora communities address the impact of colonialism?

Speaking to the Filipino American Experience
continues our fall sessions of Dissonant Voices on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The workshop is free and participants receive a stipend of $150 and a resource packet.

Join your colleagues for open-ended inquiry with primary sources and a visit to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to reflect upon - what are the many forms of perseverance and resistance within the Filipino American diaspora community? We will take a close look at the story and legacy of death and survival during the seminal Bataan Death March of 1942, as well as an inquiry walk through Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories, a dazzling exhibition that explores the Philippine’s diverse artistic culture and highlights contemporary artists who draw upon images of colonialism and nationalism.

The workshop is co-sponsored with the Bataan Legacy Historical Society and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
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Postponed until Winter 2018 - Check back in Fall

What are the consequences of resistance?

Political Prisoners on Alcatraz
initiates our fall sessions of Dissonant Voices on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The workshop is free and participants receive a stipend of $150 and resource packet.

Political Prisoners on Alcatraz engages you in a little known history of Alcatraz Island - a controversial site that has witnessed the ongoing struggles to define justice and freedom - its limits and applications - for individuals, cultures, and society. The first case study centers on two conscientious objectors jailed during World War I: Robert Simmons, African American religious objector, and Phillip Grosser, Jewish anarchist, who protested on political grounds. The second story introduces Robert Lipscomb, African American federal penitentiary inmate labeled “race agitator” and “known homo,” who fought for civil rights within the prison walls during the segregated 1950s.

Join your colleagues for open-ended inquiry with primary sources and a visit to Alcatraz Island to consider how the military prison and federal penitentiary reflected the American justice system’s interpretation of rights - who is entitled, who is denied, and why?

Dissonant Voices
is an inquiry-based series of workshops for secondary Social Studies teachers presented since 2009. The series is framed by the essential question – “What happens when we teach untaught histories?” We will be offering an array of workshops in the Golden Gate National Parks throughout 2017.

Parks as Classrooms

2017-2018 Applications for Parks As Classrooms are now available!

Please click here for application for Parks as Classrooms programs.

Applications for Inquiry w/ the Ranger programs accepted until a week before the required teacher workshop and/or the program is full.

PARKS AS CLASSROOMS programs in Golden Gate National Parks - set in indigenous habitats and historic landmarks, ancient redwood groves and dramatic coastal preserve - actively engage students in inquiry learning about and caring for national parks and their own communities. Designed by park staff, classroom teachers, students, and leaders of community organizations, park education programs encourage student achievement through innovative pedagogy and authentic experiences in the park. The goals and principles of the K-12 program confirm Golden Gate's commitment to inclusive and relevant inquiry-based learning linked to school curricula.

Every Kid in a Park!

Join us in celebrating 100 years of National Parks in America. Click here to show your 4th grade students how to obtain special Centennial free park pass for them and their families to use all year long!

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Enrich Your Understanding of Geology

PARK Teachers Geology is a collaborative effort undertaken by teachers, university faculty, nonprofit education partners, and Golden Gate to introduce pre-service and classroom teachers to place-based and inquiry learning that supports education standards and engages students in authentic hands-on science. Use this link to learn more about the program to an find teaching resources.
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Exciting New Online Learning Tool

Your students journey into the ancient redwood forest to uncover how living things make their home and survive in this very special habitat. In this virtual adventure, students experience the sights and sounds of one of the world's most iconic environments while learning about habitats, species competition, interdependence, and adaptations. A fun and challenging way to introduce redwood ecology or conclude a unit by checking for understanding. Use this link to learn more about Nature Detectives.

Crissy Field Center- A Youth Leadership and Education Center

Crissy Field Center, located on the Presidio of San Francisco, is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. The Center offers multicultural programs that actively engage us with our environments and promote collaborations in building a more sustainable, socially and environmentally just society.

·Scholarships for programs and transportation are available.

Last updated: October 3, 2017

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