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    Silos & Smokestacks to Hold Education Workshop for Site Educators

    Iowa Falls– Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is holding a day-long workshop, How to Survive and Work with School Reforms, Wednesday, November 29, 2006, in Iowa Falls, Iowa, at the Calkins Nature Area.

    This hands-on workshop is being offered for site educators or docents who plan school tours and/or programs. Participants will learn how to use the Rigor and Relevance Framework created by the International Center for Leadership in Education. The framework provides educators with a process for increasing the levels of thinking as well as real world applications of knowledge in their curriculum instruction, assessment.

    “As schools focus more on standards and assessment, it is important that cultural institutions develop programs and tours that are in line with curriculum standards, encourage students to use high level thinking skills, and apply their thinking in real-world situations,” stated course instructor, Jaymie Randel, School Improvement Specialist for AEA 267.

    Registration is limited to 30 participants and must be received by November 20, 2006. The workshop costs $30 per person affiliated with a designated SSNHA site and $40 per person for all other participants. This fee includes lunch, refreshments and materials.

    For more information about this workshop and how to register, visit

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 37 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Through the development of a network of sites, programs, and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s mission is to interpret farm life, agribusiness, and rural communities – past and present.

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