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Brooklyn Connections Continues to Connect Students to Local History

Aug 23, 2013 10:20 AM | 0 comments

The Brooklyn Collection is pleased to announce that it has received funding to continue the Brooklyn Connections program.  Our generous funders, the David and Paula Weiner Memorial Grant, the Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, and the Tiger Baron Foundation have ensured the program will go on!  The program will continue to be available at no cost to Brooklyn classrooms for the 2013-2014 school year.  We are proud to be in our seventh year of operation. 

Thanks to our generous funders, Brooklyn Connections will be able to expand in several important ways:

*Additional staffing will allow us to serve an impressive 28 partner schools.

*The introduction of elementary schools to the program will make Brooklyn Connections accessible to more students and teachers in need.

*We will work with pre-service teachers in two universities to help them incorporate research into their classrooms.

*Connections educators will continue to write lessons and curricula that is Common Core aligned.

*Each partner school will receive a collection of Brooklyn history books, maps and other materials, ensuring that research can take place in the library AND the classroom.

*Connections staff will organize one teacher open house and six free teacher workshops that will focus on developing research skills in the classroom and local history.  These sessions will be open to all New York City teachers!

*We are pleased to announce, thanks to the David and Paula Weiner Memorial Grant, we brought on NYU Professor Daniel Walkowitz to research and write curricula on social movements in New York City. The new curriculum will be taught in middle and high school schools by Brooklyn Connections educators. Stay tuned for upcoming educator professional developments using the social movements' curricula.

If you are a teacher, school administrator, parent or other education-minded Brooklynite that is interested in bringing Brooklyn Connections to a classroom near you, please check out our website.  Our 2013-2014 application is available and ready for you.  With more staff, classroom materials and online support, there's never been a better time to join us.  Please stay tuned to Brooklynology for more information about upcoming teacher workshops and other outreach initiatives.

SAVE THE DATE:

*Educator open house - October 2, 4:00PM-6:00PM.  Tour our Brooklyn Collection, view thousands of primary sources and learn about the Brooklyn Connection program.

*Teacher Workshop - Doing History: Connecting Teachers to Local History with Historian John Manbeck, December 9, 2013 9:00AM-3:00PM.  Work with original archival documents, practice using our materials to fulfill Common Core standards and develop new methods for increasing student engagement using Brooklyn's history.

Please email connections@brooklynpubliclibrary.org for more information.

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