By: Ellen D. Bedell
ASOR Outreach Committee (Former Chair)
Project Archaeology, a program developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and currently affiliated with Montana State University, won a Secretary of the Interior’s Partnership in Conservation Award in 2011. ASOR recently received a certificate signed by Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, recognizing the ASOR Outreach Committee as a partner in this award.
Members of the ASOR Outreach Committee, currently headed by Stefanie Elkins and Neal Bierling, have used Project Archaeology materials in teachers’ workshops held during ASOR’s Annual Meetings. One of our most successful workshops was held at Harvard’s Semitic Museum in 2008. I have included a picture of teachers, working on Project Archaeology lessons, at this ASOR sponsored workshop. Next November, the ASOR Outreach Committee will hold another ASOR affiliated teachers’ workshop at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. At these workshops, we use lesson plans developed by ASOR members and Project Archaeology lessons to teach basic concepts in archaeology and archaeological ethics. Teachers, who are not usually trained in archaeology, take these important lessons back to their classrooms to inspire their students. The BLM lessons were designed specifically to encourage teachers and their students to appreciate and protect our cultural heritage.
ASOR’s sponsorship of teachers’ workshops enables Project Archaeology to distribute materials and provide professional development to educators and their students throughout the nation. This is very important community engagement. On behalf of the Outreach Committee, I would like to congratulate ASOR for the organizations continued commitment to archaeology education at all levels.
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