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Jun 26, 2014 3:39 PM by Dave Fields

Educators may signup for free, hands-on folklife workshop at Vermilionville

Thanks to a $30,000 National Educators Association (NEA) grant awarded to Vermilionville, the Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation is offering educators and free opportunity to participate in an engaging, hands-on professional development workshop designed to deepen the living history museum's connection to the classroom.

Those who wish to participate are required to sign up for both days of the workshop, which will be on Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Vermilionville. Participants will learn invaluable skills in folklife, interviewing, documentation and design of folk-life integrated lessons across disciplines and classroom residencies. Teachers of grades 4-12 both in regular classroom settings and in French Immersion pathways are eligible to participate and workshop resources will be available in English as well as French.

Educators who participate in the folklife workshop will receive professional development credit and a jump drive filled with extensive educational resources including new field-tested lesson plans in addition to:

• Training in folklife and arts integration with folklorists, folk artists, teaching artists, and museum educators.

• Practice in interviewing, note taking, mapping, sketching, and photography -- skills transferable to classroom instruction

• Applying skills through interviews of folk artists and fieldwork documentation in the Vermilionville village

• Investigating the presence and meaning of the arts, history and culture in your own life, family, and community, including the school community

• Participating in lessons merging the Common Core State Standards with folklife, fieldwork, and construction of arts-based products and performances

Those who would like to attend this free folklife workshop can register through the Lafayette Parish School System's CourseWhere management system, found at http://www.solutionwhere.com/lpss/cw/showcourse.asp?2567 under the title "Folklife Workshop #6391". The workshop is limited to 25 participants, and the deadline to register is July 23. For more information about the workshop or questions about registering contact Peggy Feehan at (337) 233-4077 x 206.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Program, the folklife workshop is part of the ongoing folklife education initiative supported by the Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation.

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