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Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is offering an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. The emphasis of the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) program is to link national park units and teachers from schools with underserved student populations in urban and rural school districts. Teachers spend up to four weeks learning about the park. The actual number of days or weeks that the TRT is at the park can be negotiated between the teacher and the park TRT coordinator. The assigned duties of this position include a park-based TRT project, teacher research, lesson plan development, and immersion experiences. TRTs can spend up to 30 percent of their time experiencing park operations, working with the public, and learning about the work of the different divisions within the park.
When TRTs return to their schools in the fall, they spend part of their classroom time presenting their TRT projects to their own students and wider education audiences. These presentations can be connected to the National Park Service outreach during National Park Week in April, or at other times of the school year.
The teacher will be paid a stipend and issued TRT uniform shirts and hat. We invite all interested teachers to go online at www.nps.gov/waba for an application form or contact Kathryn Harrison, Education Coordinator, at 580-497-2742 for further information. The deadline for submitting the application is April 5, 2013.
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era. The site is located in western Oklahoma near the town of Cheyenne, halfway between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Amarillo, Texas. The park's new visitor center is located one mile west of Cheyenne on Highway 47A. For more information, call 580-497-2742 or check www.nps.gov/waba.