October 27 Passamaquoddy Kit Workshop

Workshop Title: Passamaquoddy History and Culture: A Teaching Kit for Grades 5-8
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2007
Time: 9:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Beatrice Rafferty Elementary School – Sipayik/Pleasant Point
Hosted by: the National Park Service and Beatrice Rafferty Elementary School
Audience: Middle school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, with a Social Studies and or Maine Studies focus. Others welcome on stand-by.
Recommended grade level: 5 - 8


  • Meg Scheid: workshop facilitator, National Park Ranger (Saint Croix Island International Historic Site)
  • Margaret Apt: Guest teacher; Research Assistant for the Passamaquoddy Dictionary Project; Passamaquoddy language educator (Shead High School); member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe
  • Guest Speaker: TBA (Workshop Coordinator hopes this individual(s) will be a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.)

Short Description: Experience the National Park Service’s new learning tool for Maine teachers: Passamaquoddy History and Culture: A Teaching Kit for Grades 5-8!

Teachers attending this workshop will:

  • participate in kit activities and be introduced to the hands-on teaching tools in the kit
  • learn how to build a Passamaquoddy kit for their own classroom, or borrow one of several kits available for loan
  • meet a member of the Passamaquoddy tribe who speaks the language, teaches it, and works toward preserving it
  • discover the history of the Passamaquoddy language and its importance in preserving the Tribe’s culture, while testing his/her skill at learning and speaking Passamaquoddy words
  • hear from a teacher who successfully uses the Passamaquoddy Kit in his class to help meet the requirements of LD 291
  • garner a greater understanding of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site – Maine’s second National Park Unit - and the important relationship that developed between the French and Passamaquoddy in 1604
  • interact with presenters and other teachers, in order to share ideas and excitement about ways to incorporate Passamaquoddy culture and history into the minds and hearts of their students

Teachers will receive free of charge:

  1. six contact hours for workshop participation
  2. handouts related to Passamaquoddy history and culture
  3. a CD of the kit’s Teacher’s Guide and the entire trunk’s contents, and more!
  4. handouts that link the kit’s activities to specific Maine Learning Results

Scaled stipends/scholarships are available for in-service and pre-service middle school teachers. For more information on how to apply, contact Meg Scheid at 207-454-3871.

Cost: Participants commitment to spread the word about this resource!
Lunch: Bring your own; beverages and snacks served
How to register: Email Meg Scheid with your name and address for the next three months, school name, home and school phones, teaching what grade(s), specify if you are a pre-service (student) or in-service teacher, your permanent email address, and the date of the workshop you would like to attend. Registration will be confirmed by email.
Registration deadline: Friday, October 19, 2007, or call if later than deadline
Maximum number of participants: 30 - first come, first served!
Contact information: Meg Scheid, 207-454-3871

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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