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Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators

August 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9-4 daily, August 10-13, 2020

Alumni Hall of Barre Civic Center

Registration is now open for the Vermont Folklife Center’s 2020 Discovering Community Summer Institute. The Institute will bring together educators from across the state for a four-day intensive course from August 10-13, 2020 at Alumni Hall in Barre’s Civic Center. This year, the whole of downtown Barre will provide an exciting site for experiential learning. With an emphasis on place-based education and media-making, the course will serve as both a project incubator and a professional development program.
Stories and storytelling are at the center of this experience; as one participant observed, “The personal gain of realizing that there are millions of stories in our own backyards that are ten times more interesting than People Magazine is something that I will cherish.” The Institute builds on the Vermont Folklife Center’s many years of collaboration with educators on community-based projects, the ever-expanding array of digital devices with audio and visual recording capabilities, and the do-it-yourself editing and production opportunity that digital technology affords.

Past participants hail from a broad spectrum of roles in the K-16 system, including classroom teachers, special educators, librarians, guidance counselors, and administrators. The diversity of attendees ensures a rich opportunity to explore a variety of models and ensures a collaborative space to visualize diverse applications. By engaging with cultural researchers, community-based artists, media specialists, and fellow educators, participants gain access to the power of ethnographic field research and digital audio, video and photography as storytelling tools. With Barre as a microcosm, the Discovering Community Summer Institute will model simple strategies for deepening students’ relationships to their own communities.

Participants may take the course for three graduate credits through Castleton University or a professional development certificate. Included in the cost of the Institute are 8 hours of ongoing support from VFC education staff in the form of in-class coaching, workshops and technical assistance throughout the 2020-21 school year. For registration, tuition or other information, visit http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org or feel free to contact us at 802-388-4964 or education@vermontfolklifecenter.org. Check out the Institute webpage here: https://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/summer-institute; see a testimonial.

The Vermont Folklife Center seeks to broaden, strengthen and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen our communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of our state.



August 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Vermont Folklife Center


Barre Civic Center
20 Auditorium Hill
Barre, VT 05641
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