Teacher workshop explores complex decade of the 1960s

Presented by Bethel Woods and National Council for the Social Studies

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BETHEL — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) will present an intensive one-day teacher workshop that focuses on in-depth exploration of issues of the 1960s and ways to teach the decade in engaging ways in the classroom. The workshop will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Museum at Bethel Woods in Bethel. The cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch.

Through thought-provoking presentations, discussion-based tours of the museum, and utilizing Bethel Woods’ historic location and unique resources, the workshop will provide teachers an engaging opportunity to explore the complexities of the 1960s. The workshop includes a wide range of subject areas, delivering expansive content knowledge for teachers wanting a deeper exploration of the 1960s, while also offering workshops that help teachers think creatively about implementing this new knowledge in their classrooms. Content areas will include music and social movements of the 1960s; theater of the 1960s; explorations of other 1960s music festivals, including Monterey Pop and Altamont; and popular culture of the 1960s.

One optional session will specifically target New York State’s new common core standards, with a hands-on workshop designed to create take-away lesson plans for classroom implementation. The workshop will further make use of Bethel Woods’ resources through behind-the-scenes tours of the museum, festival field, and pavilion, helping to convey the dramatic sense of place embodied by the arts center.

All sessions will be taught by the education staff at Bethel Woods, whose professionals have backgrounds in American studies, museum education, theater arts, and history, as well as Steve Armstrong, president-elect of the NCSS Board of Directors. A special lunchtime presentation will also feature a panel of participants who will discuss their experience at the Woodstock festival, as well as commenting on the transition from Woodstock to Bethel Woods.

The “Teaching the 1960s” workshop fits with Bethel Woods’ mission to further civic engagement and creative expression.

“We are at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, the culminating event of the 1960s,” says Margaret Hughes, director of Educational Initiatives for Bethel Woods. “As a destination for thousands of students and teachers each year, we are adept at using our dynamic resources to support teachers who cover this material in their classroom.”

For the complete schedule and registration information for “Teaching the 1960s” visit BethelWoodsCenter.org.

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