Building a Strong Future for Archaeological Outreach and Education—A Working Conference for Educators, AIA 2015
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 8:45am to Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 5:00pm

Location:
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

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The goal of the AIA Educators’ Conference is to bring together archaeology educators from around the country to formulate a plan for the future of archaeological education. By organizing this program, the AIA hopes to encourage the development of a network of educators committed to moving archaeological education forward in a collaborative and cooperative manner.

Program

In advance of the Institute's 2015 Working Conference for Educators: Building a Strong Future for Archaeological Outreach and Education the AIA is soliciting a series of one-page descriptions of existing archaeological outreach and education programs. The Institute plans to collect, compile, and distribute these in advance of January’s working conference. As the goal is to be as comprehensive as possible, submissions are open to everyone and not restricted to just those attending the conference.

The publication of the program descriptions in advance of the conference will help focus the working event on the future or archaeological outreach and education. The aim is to provide conference participants with common ground so that the conference time can be spent on discussion of the future of archaeological outreach and education.

- See more at http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/16206Friday, January 9

8:45-9:00 AM: Introduction and welcome to Educators’ Conference

9:00-11:00 AM: Session 1

Teaching with Archaeology: Infiltrating Subjects beyond Social Studies. Chairs: Pamela Russell (pamelajayerussell@gmail.com) and Lindsay Randall (lrandall@andover.edu)

11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Session 2

Providing Ethical Guidelines for Archaeological Outreach and Education. Chair: Megg Heath (meggheath24@gmail.com)

1:00-2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00-4:00 PM: Session 3

High School Archaeology Courses and Field Schools. Chairs: Deanna Mellican (dmellican@thayer.org) and Murray McClellan (mmcclellan@ccsnh.edu)

A round-table discussion divided into two main topics: high school archaeology courses (one hour) and field school opportunities for high school students (one hour). The goal for the session is to provide useful information for teachers who are actually teaching courses in archaeology at the high school level, or are interested in offering/creating a high school level archaeology course, or are teaching archaeology through other subjects, like Latin or History. It will be more of a discussion and sharing of ideas/thoughts about the value of teaching archaeology at the high school level and the offering/presenting of specific projects created or used in the classroom, either with a handout or outline/guideline for the project, so that it could be used as a resource for another teacher who is looking for teaching ideas.

4:15-6:15 PM: Session 4

State and Regional Approaches to Outreach and Archaeology. Chair: Elizabeth Reetz (elizabeth-reetz@uiowa.edu)

This session will highlight archaeology education and outreach programs operated by a variety of institutions across the country. Through interactive activities and dialogue, participants will become familiar with multiple approaches to outreach already successfully in action. We will celebrate the accomplishments of these programs; discuss approaches to program infrastructure such as advertising, audiences, and branding; as well as address challenges and barriers to doing statewide outreach.

7:00-9:00 PM: Reception

Saturday, January 10

8:30-10:30 AM: Session 5

Archaeology and Critical Thinking in Your History/Social Studies Classroom (Workshop). Chairs: Shelby Brown (sbrown@getty.edu) and Geralyn Ducady (geralyn_ducady@brown.edu)

Learn how teaching archaeology in your history/social studies classroom enhances your students' critical thinking and addresses Common Core literacy standards in a fun and engaging way. This workshop will be led by experts in their field: Shelby Brown, Ph.D., Education Specialist for Academic and Adult Programs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Education at the Villa; and Geralyn Ducady, M.A., Curator of Programs and Education at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University. Participants will learn about exciting archaeological programs available for schools, receive hands-on instruction of selected lessons, and will take home ready-to-use lesson plans and other resources.

10:00-10:45 AM: Show and Tell

10:45 AM-12:45 PM: Session 6

Metrics, Research, and Publication. Chair: Courtney Agenten (courtneyagenten@montana.edu)

The session will start with an introduction to past metrics, research, and publications and will consider several questions including:

1.       What would archaeology educators like to evaluate?

2.       What methods would be most effective?

3.       How do we measure the success of our programs?

4.       How do we share our research?

Specifically, the session will focus on how we evaluate effectiveness of archaeology education and outreach through formal and informal educational environments. A case study of how to research effectiveness in upper-elementary schools and research topics for further study will be provided and discussed. Participants will then develop pre and post assessments for informal settings such as archaeology fairs, lectures, field trips, etc. As a result of attending this session archaeology educators will have a better understanding of how to gather assessment data through research and disseminate their results. Suggested reading: “A Vision for Archaeological Literacy” by M. Elaine Franklin and Jeanne M. Moe

12:45-1:45 PM: Lunch

1:45-3:45 PM: Session 7

Promoting Archaeological Outreach: Marketing Distribution, and Sustainability: Chair: Clark Wernecke (cwernecke@compuserve.com)

The group will get a quick primer in the fundamentals of marketing and then a number of case studies will be presented, both successes and failures. This will be followed by discussion and we hope that participants will bring their ideas and problems for the group to discuss.

3:45-5:00 PM: Wrap-up, Discussion, and Business Meeting (Next Steps?)

In advance of the Working Conference the AIA is soliciting a series of one-page descriptions of existing archaeological outreach and education programs. We plan to collect, compile, and distribute these in advance of January’s working conference.

Even if you are unable to attend the conference, we hope you will still contribute a one-pager, as this will be a very valuable resource for everyone! See submission guidelines.

You can now register for the conference online and book your hotel room at our special discounted attendee rate of $159USD (plus taxes) per night (includes internet) for a single or double room at the official conference hotel the New Orleans Marriott. To make your reservation at the Marriott via phone, please call 1-800- 654-3990 and request the "AIA and SCS, Archaeological Institute of America, or Society for Classical Studies" discounted group rate or reference the group code "AAI". Please note that the discounted conference rates are valid for hotel reservations at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel January 2, 2015, through January 14, 2015, and are based on availability. The deadline to reserve your rooms at the discounted rate is Monday, December 15, 2015. Please note that the hotel is sold out to non-conference participants so we encourage you to reserve your room as early as possible as the discounted rooms may sellout quickly.

In advance of the Institute's 2015 Working Conference for Educators: Building a Strong Future for Archaeological Outreach and Education the AIA is soliciting a series of one-page descriptions of existing archaeological outreach and education programs. The Institute plans to collect, compile, and distribute these in advance of January’s working conference. As the goal is to be as comprehensive as possible, submissions are open to everyone and not restricted to just those attending the conference.

The publication of the program descriptions in advance of the conference will help focus the working event on the future or archaeological outreach and education. The aim is to provide conference participants with common ground so that the conference time can be spent on discussion of the future of archaeological outreach and education.

You can now register for the conference online and book your hotel room at our special discounted attendee rate of $159USD (plus taxes) per night (includes internet) for a single or double room at the official conference hotel the New Orleans Marriott. To make your reservation at the Marriott via phone, please call 1-800- 654-3990 and request the "AIA and SCS, Archaeological Institute of America, or Society for Classical Studies" discounted group rate or reference the group code "AAI". Please note that the discounted conference rates are valid for hotel reservations at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel January 2, 2015, through January 14, 2015, and are based on availability. The deadline to reserve your rooms at the discounted rate is Monday, December 15, 2015. Please note that the hotel is sold out to non-conference participants so we encourage you to reserve your room as early as possible as the discounted rooms may sellout quickly.

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Meredith Langlitz
617-358-5909

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