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The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Place-Based Education Project

Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program to Improve the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Invitation to Teachers

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute and SUNY Fredonia are offering a professional development program for area elementary and middle school teachers, and we are inviting you to participate.

A few years ago it was brought to the attention of a Jamestown elementary school teacher that many of her students did not know what Chautauqua Lake was. Her response to this breathtaking lack of awareness was to help create the Chautauqua Lake Curriculum Project that allows children to experience the nature and culture of the Chautauqua watershed first-hand. All work correlates to NYS Learning Standards. The project culminates in an annual community celebration of what the students learned. Unfortunately only a fraction of Jamestown's classrooms can participate in this excellent program, but they all should. It is an example of the good work happening in our Chautauqua-Cattaraugus region that we intend to highlight and replicate through this professional development program supported by a DDE Title II grant.

The goal of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Place-based Education Project is to provide teachers with the skills and confidence to use the numerous ecologically significant places near schools for rigorous learning experiences that are rooted in the students' home landscape and attentive to state learning standards and assessments, grades K through 8.

We invite teachers of grades K through 8 from your school district to participate. This school year, one two-hour introductory in-service workshops will be offered on Wednesday April 25 from 4 to 6PM at the Jefferson Middle School, Jamestown, NY. The main part of this years program is a five-day intensive summer teacher training institute scheduled July 8-12, 2002. All of these opportunities will be designed with a commitment to quality education and recognition of our rich natural heritage.

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