The Vermont Folklife Center’s Summer
Institute, Discovering Community: Students, Digital Media, and Place-Based
Learning, brings together educators for an intensive five-day program July 7-11
in Middlebury, Vermont.
The Institute offers participants basic
hands-on experience learning the methods of community-based research, the
process of making a mini documentary, and the skills of working with digital
media in a school setting.
Past participants have come from a broad
spectrum of roles in the K-16 system, including classroom teachers, special
educators, librarians, and administrators. This diversity makes group process a
rich opportunity to explore ideas, probe models, and collaboratively visualize
Over the course of an action-packed week,
Discovering Community participants work with cultural researchers, media
specialists, and fellow educators to explore the power of ethnographic field
research and techniques for working with digital audio, video, and photography
as documentary tools. Using the Middlebury community as a classroom,
Discovering Community models simple strategies for deepening students’
relationships to their own hometowns.
The Discovering Community Summer Institute
builds on the Vermont Folklife Center’s many years partnering with educators on
community-based projects, the ever-expanding array of digital devices with
recording capabilities, and the do-it-yourself editing and production
opportunity that digital technology affords. Three graduate credits are available
through Castleton State College upon completion of this course.
Stories and storytelling are at the center
of this experience, and 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.”
For registration, tuition, or other
information about the Discovering Community Summer Institute and its nationally
recognized faculty go to www.discoveringcommunity.org. You can also
contact 802-388-4964 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.