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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

The Dutch in New York

  • 20 Aug 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • 24 Aug 2012
  • 4:30 PM
  • New York State Museum in Albany,

The Dutch in New York 

A Summer Institute for Elementary and Middle School Educators

August 20-24, 2012

Learn about Native Americans, Dutch colonists, and the founding of the Capital District!

In collaboration with the New York State Museum’s Department of Historical Archaeology, the New Netherland Institute will offer a free summer institute for elementary and middle school teachers and librarians. The institute, to be held at the New York State Museum in Albany, will explore the history of Dutch colonization of North America, focusing on what happened in New York State and the Capital District.

The institute is designed to help educators implement the Common Core Learning Standards. Prominent scholars and educators will deliver lectures on the history of New Netherland; facilitate workshops on textual analysis and lesson development; and lead field trips to local historic sitesundefinedincluding a trip to an active archaeological dig. Topics to be addressed by the institute include:

  • The exploration and settlement of New Netherland (later New York and other states) by the Dutch;
  • Mohawk Indian politics and perspectives on European settlers;
  • The people of New Netherlandand daily life in the colony;
  • Historical archaeology in the Capital District and Hudson River Valley;
  • The economy of New Netherland;
  • British versus Dutch colonization of North America;
  • The Dutch political and cultural legacy in North America.

Based on what they have learned, participating teachers will work in small groups to develop lessons aligned to Common Core Learning Standards. These lessons will be edited for publication on the New Netherland Institute website.

To apply for this free program, fill out the attached form and return it, along with a resume and a letter of recommendation from your supervisor or department chair, to Ann Pfau by May 25, 2012. If accepted, you will receive free books, free resource packets, and free meals along with 30 professional development credit hours through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. NNI will reimburse parking expenses. Participants will meet from 9am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday and 9am to 2:30pm on Friday.

Please email Ann Pfau or Maryann Kelly with any questions about the program or application process.

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