Posts Tagged ‘education’

Monday, February 29, 2016

‘Lies My Teacher Told Me’ Author Speaking in Placid Friday

lies my teacher told meThe author of a best-selling book decrying the state of history education in the United States will speak at a teacher workshop in Lake Placid on Friday, March 4.

John Brown Lives! will host James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, at a day-long workshop, “Teaching the Past & Why It Matters Today,” meant to help teachers, librarians and others working with students constructively engage issues of social justice in the classroom and community using history and dialogue as primary tools.

First published in 1995, Lies My Teacher Told Me challenged traditional historical narratives taught to students. After comparing a dozen history textbooks then in widespread use, Loewen concluded that the books were filled with an “embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind nationalism, and plain misinformation.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Students To Compete In North Country History Day

History-Day-2014-550x437Thirty students from across the North Country will compete in the regional New York State History Day contest held at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Students placing first and second in their categories will advance to the New York State History Day Contest in Cooperstown on April 18.

Each year two million students across the country participate in the National History Day program according to Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education and North Country History Day Regional Coordinator. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs.

Students may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Pete Nelson: Keep Creativity in Adirondack Arts Education

If you are a parent, a teacher, a student, or were ever a student here in the Adirondacks, I’d like you to engage in a little visioning exercise with me. Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit, maybe with a soothing beverage, do a little deep breathing and relaxation, close your eyes and let peace descend upon you.

When you’re good and ready, think about your own experiences with the arts in school. Whatever the nature and level of your involvement, from painting to music to drama, to even just doodling on your pad during calculus, remember what it was about the arts that mattered to you, how they felt and what memories will most strongly stay with you.

Try to distill your thoughts and feelings about the arts to the essential things that were most important in your schooling life: how they changed you as a person, how they contributed to your growth, the beautiful ways in which they made your education richer and more wonderful, how they were liberating and creative, how they touched other things you were learning, how they resonated deeply with your humanity.  In short, think about the essential meaning and power of the arts in your education. Then come back here. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Project Supports Youth Outdoor Educational Adventures

YENN Youth Ed-Venture Nature NetworkThe Youth Ed-Venture & Nature Network (YENN) continues to raise funds to purchase a bus to transport youth from the Albany area to its outdoor and environmental programs in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

To date, a campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding website for community groups and nonprofits, has raised $3,200 of its $5,000 goal. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Adirondack Roots Saved Adgate Schermerhorn’s Life

P1A AdSchermerhornAdgate Schermerhorn was born in 1918 in the hamlet of Ausable Chasm, about a mile northeast of Keeseville. A horseman (he started riding at age five) and outdoorsman who loved the Adirondacks, he graduated from Keeseville High School in 1935 and worked as a lumberman in the North Country. He then attended the St. Lawrence School of Agriculture at Canton, earning a degree in 1939 from the Division of Technical Engineering. He worked as a refrigeration service man in the Plattsburgh area, but moved to Pennsylvania in December 1940 after securing a position with GE in Philadelphia. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies Published

AJES.20.Cover1The Adirondack Research Consortium and Union College have partnered to publish Volume 20 of the Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES). The avian-themed edition features Teddy Roosevelt’s summer bird list and Larry Master’s Christmas bird count.

Leading scientists have contributed research to the journal including, “Songbird Research from Sphagnum Bog to Alpine Summit” by Amy Sauer and David Evers, and “State of the Birds in Exurbia” by Michale Glennon and Heidi Kretser. In all, this edition features 11 articles, one organizational profile of Northern New York Audubon, and color photos contributed by Larry Master. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Program To Highlight LGBTQ And Ally Harassment

Stop Bullying PhotoThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh will host local LGBTQ advocate Kelly Metzgar on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7 pm.

Metzgar works with transgender leaders across New York State in securing rights and protections for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Her discussion will center on bullying and harassment of transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay and bisexual students as well as current NYS laws protecting students from this type of behavior. She will also focus on supporting families, students and educators. A discussion will follow. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications Sought for Adirondack Foundation Grants

indian lake theaterThe Adirondack Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from its Generous Acts Fund.

“In its first year of grant-making, the Generous Acts Fund awarded 31 grants ranging from $250 to $10,000 to organizations that support communities in the Adirondack region,” Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation said in an announcement sent to the press. “Pressing needs abound throughout our unique region. The caring people who are pooling their gifts in this fund are investing in our communities, building the power of generosity to make a meaningful difference here.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Festival at Essex’s Lakeside School

Fall-Fun-Festival-2015When I first moved to the Adirondacks I found a wonderful Waldorf-initative called  Northern Lights School, now located in Saranac Lake. My children were constantly shown the importance of play in the natural world.  At that time, Northern Lights was the only Waldorf School located within the Adirondack Park.

Nine years ago The Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm in Essex, NY joined the Adirondack Waldorf community and continues to grow and expand while providing a creative learning environment for young children. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Paul Smith’s Will Not Appeal Denial Of Name Change

Paul Smiths CollegePaul Smith’s College have sent a statement to the press saying they will not appeal a ruling by the New York State Supreme Court denying their request to rename the college to include the name of a wealthy donor.

“Despite our continued confidence in the merits of that proposal, we believe that an appeal would ultimately be counterproductive for students, alumni, faculty and staff,” Philip E. Saunders, chairman of the Paul Smith’s College Board of Trustees said in a statement sent to the press Thursday. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Demographics: Lies, Damned Lies and the Blue Line

The_Normal_DistributionI have always felt that there were three prevailing dispositions towards statistics: professional – by those who know how to use statistics and do so legitimately; political – by those who use (or typically misuse) them for propaganda; and cynics. Cynics have an attitude toward statistics best captured by the aphorism popularized by Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Judge Rules Against Paul Smith’s Name Change

Paul Smith's CollegeA state judge has ruled against Paul Smith’s College’s request to change its name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith’s College, a controversy that has roiled the college and its alumni for months.

State Supreme Court Justice John Ellis issued the ruling Tuesday.

Cathy Dove, president of the college, had pushed for the name change in order secure a $20 million gift from Weill, a wealthy philanthropist who once served as chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Adirondack Farm to School Initiative Update

Life Science Class SLHSThe Adirondack Farm to School Initiative is working with schools and communities to create a connection between classroom, cafeteria, community, and local farms.  The goal of this initiative is to support local economies, bring local food into school cafeterias, and create hands-on learning activities such as school gardens, farm visits, culinary classes, and the integration of food-related education into the regular classroom curriculum.

The Saranac Lake School district is one of 82 projects receiving support this year through the USDA Farm to School Program.  Grant money has been used to acquire equipment for preserving local produce, making it available year-round.   » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Diversity: Hearing the Voices of Young People

TMDA LogoMaking the Adirondack Park more attractive to youth of all backgrounds and preferences was the focus of the second Towards a More Diverse Adirondacks Symposium on August 15th at SUNY-ESF in Newcomb. We had a robust discussion, and the bulk of our time was given to the voices of high school and college-age students, from inside and outside the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dicker Days in Elizabethtown: Cooperative Economy

1936 DickerDayHdlineRegional traditions, from Authors’ Night in Long Lake to small-town fairs and church dinners, are part of what makes rural life fun. There’s a financial component for sure, but such social gatherings capture a feeling of community that’s elusive in more populated areas. Eighty years ago, Elizabethtown in Essex County hosted the launch of a unique event that fit the mold perfectly: Dicker Days.

Town leaders actually turned down the idea, so it was hosted in Elizabethtown, but was the brainchild of Margaret Adams, whose persistence and resources made it a success. » Continue Reading.