Teacher Volunteer Program at 2011 Folklife Festival
The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is implementing a new program for teacher volunteers at this summer's festival. The program will bring teachers from Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas to volunteer at the festival. This experience will give teachers an inside look at how the festival works and will provide them with information about the groups that will be a part of the 2011 program. Having teachers take an active role will also help the Center "see the Festival" through an educator's perspective in order to improve educational programming and web site offerings. Since the Festival is held outside of the traditional school year, it is hoped that teachers will take information learned at the Festival back into the classroom environment.
Will report back with information and pictures after the Festival!