The Academy will focus on the curriculum Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, an inquiry-based social studies and science curriculum, which guides students through a complete archaeological investigation of shelter.
Project Archaeology instructors are excited to provide you with the professional development you need to use Project Archaeology curricula effectively and make archaeology an engaging and fun way to integrate knowledge across science, social studies, history, math, and language arts. Materials are inquiry-based and provide students with many opportunities to read across the curriculum, to investigate authentic data, and to find solutions for real-world problems. Check below for the next professional development opportunity in your area and sign up now.
All Professional Development Courses
−Project Archaeology: Investigating Yellowstone Educator Workshop @ Museum of the Rockies8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Project Archaeology: Investigating Yellowstone
Educator Workshop in Bozeman, Montana
Who: Educators grades 3 through 5
When: September 29, 2018 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT
Cost: $30 Register here
Join us for a journey through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by exploring the area’s archaeological record. When we think of Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas, we usually think about spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and the famous geothermal features. Indigenous peoples have been part of this landscape for at least 10,000 years and their descendants still claim an intimate connection with our nation’s first national park. Discover how native peoples adapted to this beautiful landscape and how they used the resources available at all elevations within and surrounding the Park. Show your students a side of Yellowstone that they have never seen before while fulfilling your requirements in science, social studies, language arts, and graphic arts.+8:30 amProject Archaeology: Investigating Yellowstone Educator Workshop @ Museum of the Rockies
−Online Professional Development Course (all-day)Oct 1 – Nov 27
When: Beginning October 1st, 2018 for eight weeks (4 – 5 self-directed hours/week)
Where: Online at your convenience (no set class times)
Who: Upper elementary teachers (3rd – 6th grades)
Credit: 2 graduate credits through Southern Utah University
Join us for an exciting trip back in time to investigate archaeology!
You will use this virtual workshop to practice the basics of scientific inquiry (observation, inference, evidence, and classification) using authentic archaeological data. You will learn first hand how to help your students apply archaeological concepts as they investigate a shelter using primary data sources such as maps, artifact illustrations, historic photographs and oral histories. By using this curriculum you will fulfill many Common Core State Standards requirements in social studies, English Language Arts, and math (CCSS alignments). Your students discover archaeology and history through engaging hands-on activities.
Participating teachers will receive:
- Convenient online access to professional development
- 2 graduate credits through Southern Utah University
- Inquiry-based instruction and lessons
- Full instruction in archaeological science for the classroom
- The award-winning curriculum guide, Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies
- Access to a database of over 16 shelter investigations
- Instructions for assembling your own classroom materials during the course
Deadline for registration is September 24th. Register Online Here
*To receive credits for this course, you must begin the registration process with Southern Utah University before September 24th*+Online Professional Development Course (all-day)
−Professional Development Workshop Investigating Rock Art (all-day) @ Smith's Marketplace - Saratoga SpringsOct 5 – Oct 7
Professional Development Workshop
Investigating Rock Art
October 5 & 6, 2018
Smith’s Marketplace – Saratoga Springs
This course will introduce participants to the Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art curriculum guide, designed to improve social studies, science, and language arts skills through the investigation of an authentic archaeological site. Teachers will experience the curriculum as a learner and see how best to implement concepts in their classroom. After going on a field trip to rock art sites around Lake Mountain and interviewing a Native American representative, workshop participants will develop a curriculum directly relevant to their local history.
- Participate as a learner in Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art Instruction
- Explore scientific inquiry as a part of archaeology
- Discover the past through evidence from a rock art site.
- Transform perceptions of cultures past and present by studying archaeological sites.
- Develop a new lesson specific for investigating rock art in the Lake Mountain area
Expected Learning Outcomes:
- Ethical Reasoning: Students describe and analyze positions on ethical issues, apply reasoning about right and wrong human conduct, demonstrate ethical decision-making skills, and demonstrate an evolving ethical self-identity.
- Critical Thinking: Students demonstrate disciplined processes of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
- Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World: Students demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through study in the fine arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, life and physical sciences.
- $100 stipend, lunch, field trip, curriculum, and 1 college credit
Sam Kirkley, Utah Project Archaeology
Shawn Lambert, Utah Division of State History
Virgil Johnson, Chairman of the Goshute Tribe
Randy Griffin, Smith Family Archaeological Preserve
Books: Project Archaeology: Investigating Rock Art curriculum guide (provided)
- Social Studies That Sticks by Laurel Schmidt
- “Call before you dig” by Sarah E. Miller. November 17, 2010. http://fpangoingpublic.blogspot.com/2010/11/teachers-call-before-you-dig.html
- “Archaeology and the Common Core: All Hands On Deck” by Jeanne M. Moe, Ed.D.
- Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
Grading Rubric: Each participant must be registered for this course on the SUU portal. One credit with a letter grade “A” will be earned by all participants that attend the two-day workshop and complete the final assignment.
TO REGISTER please contact: Samanthakirkley@suu.edu and sign up here
To qualify for credit, Southern Utah University requires that learners must complete 15 hours of contact time per credit hour in any given course.+Professional Development Workshop Investigating Rock Art @ Smith's Marketplace - Saratoga Springs (all-day)
−National Archaeology Educator’s Conference (all-day) @ RadissonNov 6 – Nov 11
National Archaeology Educator’s Conference
“Telling Our Story: Connection, Collaboration, & Sustainability”
La Crosse, Wisconsin
November 5th – 9th, 2018
The 3rd Annual National Archaeology Educator’s Conference will be held in La Crosse, WI, November 5th– 9th, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel. Our theme this year is “Telling Our Story” and our sessions will be focusing on storytelling and Tribal relations. We invite all archaeology educators including archaeologists, museum educators, teachers, students, and anyone interested in archaeology education to attend! The conference provides professional development through sessions, workshops, and field trips; presents opportunities for networking and mentorships; and connects conference attendees with high-quality educational materials. The conference will begin the evening of Monday, November 5th with a reception, introductions, and orientation. The Radisson is located at 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse WI.
A block of rooms has been reserved for the Conference at the special rate of $129 for a double queen room with a river view. The special rate applies three days before and after the conference. Individual reservations must be made on or before October 5th, 2018. Reservations may be made by calling the Radisson directly (608-784-6680) and mentioning the National Archaeology Educator’s Conference. Check in begins at 3pm and check out is at noon. The Radisson does offer free on-site parking and complementary Wi-Fi.
Conference registration includes refreshments and lunches beginning Tuesday the 6th at noon. Conference participants will be on their own for dinner and breakfast. Breakfast is available at the onsite restaurant and there are many restaurant options within walking distance for dinner.
$61 Single Day Rate
$199 early-bird rate if you register by August 3, 2018
$249 regular registration by October 1, 2018
Registration includes all professional development sessions, tours, and lunches.
Federal government employees are encouraged to attend, but as this conference is funded by a Bureau of Land Management grant, they cannot benefit from any of those funds. Federal employees can register at the price of $363 or a daily rate of $91.
Scholarships are available. Download and submit the following application
2018 Conference Scholarship Application (35 downloads)
Project Archaeology Coordinators, graduates from the Project Archaeology Leadership Academy, and college students with proof of enrollment are eligible for a discounted rate. Contact Erika.Malo@montana.edu for discount code.
There are many ways to arrive in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A few options are outlined below.
- La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE) is served by American and Delta airlines with non-stop service to Chicago and Minneapolis airports. The Radisson offers a complimentary shuttle service to the La Cross Airport with advance notice.
- Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) is a short 2.5 hour trip to La Crosse, consider renting a car, taking a shuttle, train, or bus.
- Car Rentals are available at the Minneapolis Airport: https://www.mspairport.com/directions/ground-transportation/car-rentals
- GoCarefree Shuttle runs 8 times per day between Minneapolis and La Crosse. The shuttle leaves from the Minneapolis Airport and arrives at the Holiday Inn in La Crosse, only three blocks from the Radisson. $52 for a one way ticket or $104 for a round trip ticket. Reservations can be make https://www.gocarefreeshuttle.com/
- Amtrak runs through La Crosse daily via Minneapolis and Chicago. The Radisson offers a complimentary shuttle service to the Amtrak station with advance notice.
- Greyhound buses runs once daily between Minneapolis, La Crosse, and Chicago. The Greyhound station is only a few blocks from the conference hotel.
Please bring an inexpensive silent auction item that represents either archaeology or your state. We use funds from the silent auction to provide scholarships for the next conference. Examples of items from past auctions include huckleberry chocolates (Montana), trowel earrings, and handmade items.
Refund requests must be submitted in no later than October 5, 2018. Refunds will be given based on the dates below.
100% refund of registration fee (minus a 20% admin. fee) will be issued if cancellation request is received by October 1, 2018.
50% refund of registration fee will be issued if cancellation request is received between October 1 and October 5, 201.
No refunds will be issued for requests received after October 5, 2018.+National Archaeology Educator’s Conference @ Radisson (all-day)