Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, OU-C offering archeology workshop offers area teachers

Area educators are bound to dig it when Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe hosts an archeology workshop for teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily June 8-June 15. The workshop is designed to help teachers learn innovative ways to engage with students as well as develop and grow their teaching style.

Cost is free, teaching materials are provided and the workshop is designed for teachers of all grades. Participants can earn 35 contacts hours as well as graduate credit hours. Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Office of Continuing Education is partnering with Hopewell to provide the credit hours.

The workshop will include discussions with park staff members about Ohio’s human past, archeology basics and teaching methods, as well as hands-on archeology experience in excavation and mapping.

The workshop is intended to give teachers the foundation they need to teach students about the science of archeology as well as the prehistory of Ohio. It will focus on Mound City Group, a mound and earthwork complex built nearly 2,000 years ago by Native American Indians of the Hopewell culture.

Registration deadline is June 5, and the workshop is limited to 20 participants. Bret Ruby, Ph.D., is the instructor. For more information, call (740) 774-1126.

Individuals can register through Hopewell National Historical Park at:

To register for academic credits through OU-C and learn about other continuing education offerings this summer, go to:

Additionally, OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education is hosting a series of workshops and events this summer. Among the offerings are:

•    Ross-Pike Summer Learning Academy for teachers
•    Forestry on Ohio’s Public Lands teacher field days
•    Energy Production: A Case Study of Nuclear Fuel
•    The Project Approach to Teaching and Learning
•    Investigating Solid Wastes and Climate Change
•    Project Wet: Highlighting Local Water Resources
•    A Series of Advanced Placement Summer Institutes

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