MCLA Offers Summer Course to Area Teachers on Regional Influences


 NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - For the 10th year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will offer a course to Berkshire County and northwestern Connecticut middle and high school teachers on the historical, industrial, cultural and environmental influences of the region.

This three-credit course, "The Upper Housatonic Valley Experience," will take place June 24-28, and is open to middle and high school teachers of history, social studies, English, science, business and industrial technology.

"The Upper Housatonic River Valley Experience" integrates various aspects of the heritage of the Upper Housatonic River Valley - the social, cultural, economic and industrial history of the valley, the ecology of the river throughout that history, and the symbiotic relationship between that history and ecology. Instructors from MCLA and Berkshire Community College (BCC) will assist students in designing projects that will infuse this information into their classrooms while meeting state standards.

Field trips to local cultural, environmental and business sites, and presentations by guest lecturers will be a major portion of the course. Participants will review their current curricula and develop standards-based lessons related to the Upper Housatonic River Valley content that integrate contextual applications and motivational instructional strategies. Individuals, school-based and/or content-based teams will develop written lesson plans suitable for dissemination. The course content can be applied to any river watershed area.  

The course is sponsored by the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc., in cooperation with the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, BCC, MCLA, the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board and the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Pipeline.

A stipend that covers the cost of registration will be provided to participants who successfully complete the course. Enrollment is capped at 16 participants so those interested should register early. Funding is available from the Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area toward the cost of transportation for follow-up student field trips; details will be made available during the course.

For more information and a registration form, go to uhrve/ . To register, contact MCLA's Registrar's Office, 413-662-5216.