For Teachers

Dissonant Voices 2019

Professional Development for Secondary Educators

Arnold Genthe

Uprooting Chinatown
April 6, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm
Free Workshop
Stipend of $150


Mark your calendar for our upcoming Dissonant Voices - Uprooting Chinatown - to be held in San Francisco's Chinatown. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, San Francisco's power elite made several attempts to remove the Chinese community and their places of cultural significance to areas far from the city center. We will take a close look at these attempts to uproot the community, as well as the nationally significant case of Wong Kim Ark, and the obstacles he faced in the recognition of his birth right to U.S. citizenship in 1890. We will also join our colleagues, Esther Kwan and Lois Kwan, for a walk through historic Chinatown, stopping in alleyways, food markets, a temple, and herbal store. Along the way, we will hear how landmark 19th century US Supreme Court cases, as well as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, impacted the history of the US and resonates still today.

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?”

Parks as Classrooms

2018-2019 Application for Parks As Classrooms

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

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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: March 21, 2019

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