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June 19-23, 2000
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          For the third consecutive year, Pembroke Hill School will serve as a regional center for The New Media Classroom: Building a National Conversation on Narrative, Inquiry and Technology, a faculty development program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.   As a regional center, we will be offering a one-week workshop, June 19-23, 2000, designed to expose participating faculty to innovative teaching practices using new educational technology to enhance student learning.   The workshop will provide hands-on training and help participating faculty develop the skills and classroom experience necessary to use CD-ROMs and the World Wide Web effectively in their teaching.   Topics receiving special emphasis will include:

         Significant attention will also be given to exploring CD-ROMs such as The National Museum of American Art and Who Built America?, resources which lend themselves to the creation of inquiry lessons based on primary sources.

         Each participant will be expected to develop at least two model lessons and try them out in his/her classroom. As part of our effort to rethink and deepen our understanding of classroom practices, participants will be required to share the results of their efforts with the group at two half-day meetings during the 2000-2001 school year.   A tentative hour-by-hour agenda of our summer workshop activities is linked to this announcement.

         The workshop is open to any faculty member, full-time or part-time, who will be teaching a humanities or humanities-related course during the 2000-2001 school year at a secondary school, two-year or four-year college.   A basic knowledge of computers and the Windows 95 operating system are the only technical prerequisites.   Participating faculty who successfully complete all of the requirements will be able to earn three graduate credits from the Continuing Education Division of the UMKC School of Education at no extra cost.

         Each applicant must submit a 500 to 1000 word essay explaining his or her:  1) interest in and/or experience teaching with new media resources;   2) experience with inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning; and   3) previous professional development activities.   Applicants must also obtain two letters of support.   One letter must be from an appropriate school or college administrator committing that institution to:   1) pay tuition of $450 for the workshop; and  2) provide the applicant with sufficient access to computers and the World Wide Web to implement the model lessons developed at the workshop.   The second should be written by a colleague and should testify to the applicant’s skill as a teacher and commitment to professional development.

         Partial scholarships are available to help defray the cost of attendance.   Each participant is responsible for arranging travel and lodging.   Meal and curriculum materials (including free software) will be provided.

         To obtain a cover sheet for submitting an application, click here and send the page to your printer.   For further information and/or to submit your completed application, please contact the host teacher-leader, Carl R. Schulkin via e-mail (, by telephone (816 936-1408) or via snail mail at Pembroke Hill School, 5121 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64112.