Professional Learning

A Park in Your Backyard: Summer Youth Programs & More at the National Park (NWP Radio)

Guests: Renee Albertoli, Bethany Silva, Lois McGee, Diane Rawson, Eric Fiore, Susanne Norris, Mary Buckelew, Rhonda Schier, Lisa Italiano, and Cate Lamb

Summary: This NWP radio show is the second of two shows that explore the design and impact of summer youth programs developed through a partnership between the National Writing Project and the National Park Service. It features teachers from four NWP sites and their National Park ranger colleagues who describe several rich opportunities for young people to explore their relationship to place through writing in historic sites.

Original Date of Publication: August 28, 2014

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Duration: 1 hour

Excerpt from Show

Renee Albertol on the natural connection between National Parks’ Services and the National Writing Project:

We discovered that our goals were almost identical as organizations. The National Writing Project’s connected learning model so closely mirrors the National Park Services’ call to action goals. We’re working to advance the same goals, and it makes sense that we would work together. For the Park Service, we’re really emphasizing a deep understanding of our resources, relevance to the students, and that there’s multiple ways to access our resources, sites, and stories.

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