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Educators at national conference

A group of local educators recently presented at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention.

Their session, “Using the Past to Reinvent the Future: Critical Examination of Historical Artifacts in a Study of Place,” detailed the ongoing partnership between the National Writing Project in New Hampshire and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough. For the past three years, instructors Meg Peterson and Jill Lawler have been teaching a course for local educators exploring how to use writing and literature to examine the history, culture and ecology of the place in which we live. The Monadnock Center staff assists in locating pertinent primary source documents and providing access to all of the resources of the center.

More than 6,000 elementary, middle school, high school, and college-level English language arts educators attended the national conference. At their session, the teachers explained the partnership, took participants through a number of activities they could replicate in their own communities, and shared instructional units they had prepared in the courses. They furnished a handout with many different activities that teachers can use with students of all ages in studying place.

Instructors Peterson and Lawler were joined on the panel by ConVal High School English teachers Angela Hartmann and Courtney McKay, Weare Middle School teacher Nikole Breault and Antrim Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Lawler.

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