Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Boulder City and Hoover Dam: Then and Now—Teaching and Writing Local History

The Nevada Chapter of the National Council for History Education (co-sponsored by Arcadia Publishing) is offering a one day conference on teaching and writing about local history with historical foci on Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Boulder City.

Boulder City and Hoover Dam: Then and Now:
Teaching and Writing Local History

Boulder Dam Hotel and Forever Earth Cruise on Lake Mead
September 27, 2008

Presented by the Nevada Council for History Education
Co-Sponsored by Arcadia Publishing

Preliminary Schedule of Events

7:45 Arrive at Green Valley Tech Center (pending bus transportation)
8:00 Depart for Boulder Dam Hotel
8:30 Arrive Boulder Dam Hotel
8:45 Introductions by Dr. Linda Karen Miller, Nevada Council for History Education State Coordinator
9:00 Senator Harry Reid (invited not confirmed) Importance of writing Local History: Discussing book on Searchlight
9:30 Gene Segerblom, former Nevada State Assemblywoman on past issues in Boulder City and Lynn Stewart, current Nevada Assemblyman and former Boulder City High School government teacher on current issues about Boulder City
10:00 Break
10:15 Mimi Rodden on Images of America: Boulder City
10:45 Arcadia Publishing on Writing Local History
11:00 Tour of Boulder Dam Hotel and Hoover Dam Museum
12:00 Lunch (Talk with author or publisher about writing)
12:45 Depart for Lake Mead and Forever Earth Boat or walking tour of Boulder City
1:00 On board Forever Earth** — Introduction Daphne Sweing, Program Manager Forever Earth, UNLV; Dr. Fran Campbell: CSN, Blacks in the Construction of Boulder Dam
1:30 National Park Service Presentation (will continue as we go to the Dam) by Kay Rohde, Chief of Interpretation at Lake Mead
3:30 Lessons from Forever Earth instructor or primary source lessons.
4:00 Wrap Up: What does the future hold?
5:00 Depart Boulder City

Alternative Schedule: 1:00-4:00 Walking Tour of Boulder City: Observe changes then and now

**The boat excursion is limited to 25 people. If there are more participants, then the others will go on the walking tour of Boulder City.

Participants will receive:
  • Images of Boulder City by Mimi Rodden (First 25 only) ($20)
  • Lunch: ($15)
  • Boat ride
  • One year membership in Nevada Council for History Education ($15)
  • One year membership in National Council for History Education ($30)
  • Recertification credit from the Nevada Department of Education
  • Lesson plans and resources
For information or an application, contact Dr. Linda Miller.

Google Teacher Academy

This was sent my Mike Lawrence of the Computer Using Educators sent hte following message:

"Since today is National Teacher Day, we thought it would be the perfect day to announce that Google's FREE training program for K-12 educators is back at the Google headquarters! Outstanding educators from across the country (and beyond!) are encouraged to apply for the Google Teacher Academy taking place on Wed, June 25, 2008.

The GTA is an intensive, one-day event (8:30am-7:30pm) where participants get hands-on experience with Google's free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, collaborate with exceptional educators, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, GTA participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region.

50 outstanding educators from across the country will be selected to attend the GTA based on their passion for teaching, their experience as leaders, and their use of technology in K-12 settings. Each applicant is REQUIRED to produce and submit an original one-minute video, and applications for the event in Mountain View are due on May 28, 2008. Please use Google Video or YouTube to post these original videos. Participants must provide their own travel, and if necessary, their own lodging. Though we will give preference to K-12 educators within a 90-minute local commute of an Academy event, anyone may apply.

Learn more about the program and the application at: http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html"

Southern Nevada Council for the Social Studies - Spring Fling - May 20, 2008

The SNCSS will have its Spring Fling on May 20, 2008 at McMullan's Irish Pub (4650 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada). The banquet and social will include delivery of the "Best Of" social studies teacher awards, raffle prizes, food and drink, and trivia. The cost is $20 at the door for non-members (includes one year membership fee) and free for members.

The evening is sponsored by Rick Coop of Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishing and will begin at 4:30 PM. Please RSVP to Karlye Mull.