Essex Heritage Director of Education, Beth Beringer, is leading a session at this regional conference on Tuesday, April 4!
Social studies educators are invited to learn how to achieve curricular goals through real-world experiences, using cultural and historic surroundings in your area and the mostly free resources of participating National Park Service (NPS) facilities in Massachusetts. This workshop introduces the Park for Every Classroom (PEC) program, a place-based service learning pedagogy that combines the expertise of teachers, National Park educators and non-profit partners.
In a PEC program, your students will:
- Engage in active learning that takes place in school classrooms, on field trips to National Parks and National Historical Sites and in your community.
- Participate in service learning projects that benefit your community and local non-profit institutions that serve the public.
- Grow through exciting educational activities that complement your curriculum and conform to state and Common Core standards.
National Park staff will assist teachers participating in a PEC with planning for field trips and classroom-based activities. They also can help you to coordinate a service learning project that benefits people, institutions and community service projects deserving of your support.
For more details see the Conference Flyer