The first ‘Peoples, Places andHistory of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont’ Teachers Workshop and Dinner will be
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
from 5 to 7:30 pm
at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont
Please RSVP at BrattleboroWords@gmail.com
The purpose of this initial workshop is to introduce participating teachers and community research team leaders to project leaders and each other, the goals of the Project, curriculum connections and expected work products and outcomes.
Please look at the current list of potential research sites and themes on the Brattleboro Words Project website.
Choose one or more you might like to focus on with your students to discuss during the workshop.
You may also recommend sites/themes/people that are not on the list. Please refer to the ‘Teachers/Research Team Leader FAQS’ below to determine what makes a good site/theme.
The workshop will be guided by:
- Joe Rivers, a teacher at the Brattleboro Area Middle School who has created over 100 podcasts for the Brattleboro Historical Society (where he is president)
- William Edelglass, PhD, Professor of Philosophy at Marlboro College who is the lead academic on the Project
- Lissa Weinmann, Project Director and other Project Leaders will be on hand to answer questions and build connections.
In addition, Julianne Eagan, WSESU curriculum coordinator and Jen Kramer, Guilford Elementary School teacher skilled at place-based education particularly for younger students, will be present to answer questions and relate the Project to curriculum.
At the workshop, we will also gather your feedback on timing and content for future professional certification and workshops which will likely include:
- How to engage in age-appropriate primary research — exploring local archives, information sources and scholars connected to chosen research sites
- Audio equipment training, logging information to the cloud and podcast production
- Preparing information for Google Maps and Wikipedia
- Creating handmade books
Please RSVP or with any questions, suggestions or dietary needs for the dinner either at the personal email above, my cell phone 917 239 8743 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on April 25!
FrequentlyAsked Questions for Teachers and Research Team Leaders
Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers & Research Team Leaders
What is this Project all about again?
What is the geographic scope of the Brattleboro Word Project?
What makes a good site to focus on?
A good site is one that is associated with writing produced in the Brattleboro area, or with writing that sheds light on particularly interesting or relevant aspects of Brattleboro area history. Some connections between the site and writing are obvious, such as the Granite Block building on Main Street, where Clarina Howard Nichols—who fought for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery—published her newspaper, the Windham County Reformer.
Or Thoreau’s descriptions of Mt. Wantastiquet. Or ‘Abijah Prince Road’ where Lucy Terry Prince, the author of the first extant poem by an African American, lived in the mid 1700s. Existing historic markers can also be used, like the stone commemorating a fallen veteran outside the Brattleboro Coop. Or, even particularly compelling writing on a gravestone. But other sites might be less obvious, or there may be a concern about including a private residence on a tour that might bring unwanted visitors. In this case, there may be a public site that could be connected with the writing, or the writer.