Vesterheim Offers Continuing Education Programs for K-12 Educators

Vesterheim is excited to participate in Folk Arts in the Classroom, an important education opportunity for K-12 educators!

Folk Arts in the Classroom provides the opportunity for one social studies teacher and one fine arts teacher from ten different Iowa schools to receive continuing education credit while working together to learn about folk and traditional arts and to create integrated curriculum that incorporates the practices into the classroom.

Led by master social studies and fine arts educators, participating teachers will learn about the definition of folk arts, receive training on curriculum development, have the opportunity to workshop their own integrated curriculum based on the program, and learn about the resources offered by Iowa’s cultural institutions.

Activities include two, day-long visits to Iowa cultural heritage organizations (The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Vesterheim), folk-art classes, and presentations by museum professionals. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Timeline:
December 1, 2019 – Deadline to Submit Application
June 10-11, 2020 – The program will take place at the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids on June 10, 2020 and at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah on June 11, 2020.

Educators can find more information about the program and how to register here.

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