This workshop will introduce teachers to the resources available through the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS). It will provide them with skills in the areas of geology, biology, history, social studies, archaeology, STEM and humanities-related fields, to enable teachers to explore the story of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) with their students
§Participants will receive training on how to conduct oral histories, archival research and basic archaeological recordings.
§ Learn about land tenure and geographical landscape characteristics of the RGV, and experience the different types of soils with a simulation that you can set up for students in your classroom.
Who Should Attend?
§ Elementary to High school Teachers.
Dr. Alfaro is an Asst. Professor of Psychology, UTPA. He is developmental psychologist studying Latino students’ academic success and is part of the CHAPS-affiliated faculty and researcher team..
Mr. Rolando Garza, MA, Archeologist/Chief of Resource Management at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Mr. Garza manages the natural and cultural resources at the park, including conducting numerous archeological investigations at the battlefields at Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and the Mexican War era Fort Brown.
Juan Gonzalez, Ph.D.—Asst. Professor of Geology, UTPA. Dr. Gonzalez is a geomorphologist studying the depositional history of the Rio Grande Delta. He is part of the CHAPS-affiliated faculty and researcher team.
Sonia Hernandez, Ph.D.—Asso. Professor of History, UTPA. Dr. Hernandez is the Co- Director of the CHAPS Program. She studies changing land-use patterns in the lower Rio Grande Valley.
Daniel Nicholson, MA—Lecturer, UTPA. Mr. Nicholson has worked on two CHAPS research projects in Edinburg. His research interests lie in prehistoric Peru.
Karen Weaver, National Park Service Ranger at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Ranger Weaver serves as the park’s Education Coordinator and has developed numerous elementary to secondary curricula for teaching the U.S.-Mexican War in the classroom.
Russell Skowronek, Ph.D. –Professor of Anthropology & History. Dr. Russell is Director of the CHAPS Program, North American Prehistoric, and Spanish colonial historic archaeology and ethnohistory.
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There will be two sessions with 25 spaces available in each.
April 13, 2013, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
April 13, 2013, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$40 per person
This workshop will award 3 hours of Continuing Professional Education Units for Teachers.
No Prerequisites required.