The River Runs Through It - Charles Lummis and the Culture of the Arroyo Seco (Workshop)

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The River Runs Through It - Charles Lummis and the Culture of the Arroyo Seco (Workshop)

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Fall Session:

Two Saturdays, October 22 and 29, 2016

Spring Session:

Two Saturdays, February 18 and 25, 2017

LAUSD Point Credit NA-11-64

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Two Saturdays, October 22 and 29, 2016

Since 2006, the professional development workshop “The River Runs Through It: Charles Lummis and the Culture of the Arroyo Seco” has been taken by 200 teachers, grades kindergarten through 12, in an educational experience that encourages the use of experiential learning to help foster community through a sense of place. Conducted by retired LAUSD teacher, Carmela Gomes, the place-based education workshop involves the participation of Wilderness Way Magazine, the Arroyo Seco Foundation, the Audubon Center at Debs Park, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Highland Park Heritage Trust, The Autry and the Tongva/Gabrielino and the Chumash/Tatavia Tribes,

On Day One participants walk in the wilds of the Arroyo Seco River through the communities of Pasadena and Highland Park. Audubon Center naturalist conducts a workshop that emphasizes creating a sense of place in all disciplines through Environmental Education. A knowledgeable docent welcomes participants to the Lummis Home and Garden after which they get up close and personal with the Los Angeles River with Friends of the Los Angeles River in the neighborhood where the Arroyo Seco meets the Los Angeles River.

On Day Two docents lead a walking tour of historic houses in the Sycamore Grove community where they are received by the owners and listen to their life stories.  They meet artists, craftsmen and community organizers.  In the afternoon they learn about the Ethno Botanic Gardens at the Southwest Museum and sit with holders of Chumash and Tongva traditions for a hands-on workshop.

To receive one point credit for the workshop, teachers are required to use the information they acquire to create lessons for their classrooms that reflect Charles Lummis’ view of the Southwest to support the common core.  One teacher remarked, “The idea of place-based learning, a more holistic approach, is logical, practical and more effective.”   Another teacher remarked, “I loved learning about local history that was right next door to where I grew up.” Several schools have sent teams of teachers who collaborated on the final project providing the students “real-world experiences” in critical thinking and problem solving.

Registration is $85.00 per participant and closes on October 14, 2016

To register log on to http://www.lummisday.org/educational-workshops/ complete the information and use a credit card to pay the registration fee, or download the application form and send a check made out to Lummis Day Community Foundation, Inc, and mail to Lummis Day Community Foundation, P.O. Box 50543, Los Angeles, CA 90050. 

Registration limited to 20 participants. 

Contact Carmela Gomes, gomescarmela16@gmail.com or 818-429-8755.

Download Registration Application here. 

Download Schedule here.