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Teachers across Southwest Georgia have a new tool to help them engage their students in classroom and place-based learning.
Today the National Park Service (NPS) launched a new online service for teachers that brings America's national parks, including Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, into neighborhood classrooms. The new "Teachers" section of the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/teachers provides a one-stop shop for curriculum-based lesson plans, traveling trunks, maps, activities, distance learning, and other resources.All of the materials draw from the spectacular natural landscapes and authentic places preserved in America's national parks.
"Jimmy Carter National Historic Sitehas long welcomedarea students to the park for field trips," said Gary Ingram, superintendent of Jimmy Carter Nationial Historic Site."And now, through the new "Teachers" National Park Service website, all 401 national parks are throwing open the doors and inviting teachers and students to learn about literature using a lesson plan from Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, borrow a traveling trunk from Lava Beds National Monument, chat online with a ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park, or visit Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park."
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site offers "A Pathway to Peace-Jimmy Carter and the Camp David Accords" as a part of the new "teachers" section of the National Park Service website.These lessons utilize primary sources and background information to help students understand the complex process of resolving conflict.Students will analyze documents, photos, and political cartoons related to the Camp David Accords.They will learn how and why the U.S., Israel, and Egypt negotiated this historic peace agreement.They will also analyze the resulting agreement, understanding that every party doesn't get everything they want in a compromise.
The site is searchable by location, keyword, and more than 125 subjects, from archeology, to biology, to Constitutional law.Teachers will, for the first time, be able to rate NPS-provided content.In addition to park-created content, the site also features educational materials created by NPS national programs like the National Register of Historic Places and its award-winning Teaching with Historic Placesseries of 147 lesson plans.
The website is just one part of the National Park Service's ongoing commitment to education. Every year, national parks offer more than 57,000 educational programs that serve nearly 3 million students in addition to 563,000 interpretive programs attended by 12.6 million visitors. The NPS is working with partners and educational institutions to expand programs and encourage the use of parks as places of learning. The NPS has partnered with the Department of Education to integrate national park resources into core curriculums.Each summer, teachers across the country are hired to work in parks to develop curriculum-based programs based on park resources through the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.
To learn more about the National Park Service's education programs, visit www.nps.gov/teachers.