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Folklore and Education Section


The Folklore and Education section produces an annual newsletter, awards the Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize and the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship, works with partners in the field, and organizes sessions and events at the AFS annual meeting.

The Latest Edition of the Folklore and Education Section Newsletter is available online: Spring 2018 (pdf). (See below for the archive of newsletters dating from 2001.)

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Jan Rosenberg, Senior Convener
Heritage Education Resources

Rebeca Smith, Junior Convener
Global Game Changers


The Folklore and Education Section is proud to announce the 2018 winners of both section prizes.

Members of both committees were complimentary of the number of well-qualified submissions and nominations.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Lacey Cornell, of Kids Cook! Albuquerque as the winner of the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship for 2018. As an educator and nutrition coordinator for Kids Cook!, Ms. Cornell introduces the students in Albuquerque Public Schools to new cultures and healthy food by incorporating foodways and cultural diversity into her food and nutrition courses. She participated in the forum “No Illusions: Inclusive Curriculum Development and When the Perfect Plan Goes Wrong” on Thursday afternoon during the Annual Meeting in Buffalo, and is the junior convener for the Foodways Section. Ms. Cornell was honored during the Folklore and Education Section’s meeting Saturday afternoon, receiving $500 and free membership in the section for one year.

The Robison-Roeder-Ward Fellowship committee consisted of Linda Deafenbaugh, Maureen Porter, Lisa Rathje, Jan Rosenberg, and Rebecca Smith. 

The 2018 Dorothy Howard Prize for Folklore in Education honors the late Linda D’Acquisto and her work with artsHUBmke (pronounced “arts-hub-Milwaukee”) and the Kid Curators program. Kid Curators is a long-term, multi-dimensional project with three partners: Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee Public Schools, and the nonprofit Arts@Large. Working with these partners, the Kid Curators process begins as professional development for teachers that includes local teaching artists, then is incorporated into classrooms. Students then take the lead in researching, writing, designing, constructing, and presenting the exhibits to the public. The Leadership Team of Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture, who nominated Kid Curators, said this about the project:

“The Kids Curators process supports educational priorities, teaching practices, and student learning through engaging learners in collaborative multifaceted projects. While students participate in meaningful work, teachers hone best practices in instructional methods. Creativity, responsibility, teamwork, and problem-solving are qualities inherent to the process. The school museum process meets contemporary teaching requirements by incorporating academic content standards; providing multiple forms of assessment of learning and understanding; requiring student-driven research, writing, and design; promoting partnerships between schools, home, and community; and using the end product of the museum as a teaching tool itself.”

Congratulations to Kid Curators and artsHUBmke. Anne Pryor, nominator and member of Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture, accepted the Dorothy Howard Prize during the Folklore and Education Section meeting on Saturday afternoon at the AFS Annual Meeting.

The Dorothy Howard Prize committee consisted of Betty Belanus, Nic Hartmann, Rebecca Smith, and Laurie Sommers.

More information about the Dorothy Howard Prize can be found here.

More information about the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship can be found here.

Related Organizations

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education facilitates K-12 teachers' and teacher educators' use of folklore and folkloristic approaches in their classrooms through national advocacy, publications, teacher training, and extensive online resources. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Program, Local Learning is a national service organization for folk arts and folklife in education and publishes the annual Journal of Folklore and Education, a peer-reviewed multimedia K-16 digital publication. Download from the homepage. Paddy Bowman is the director, and Lisa Rathje is the assistant director.

Join City Lore as an Education Member and receive the CARTS newsletter, City Lore mailings and discounts on events, a 10% discount on orders from the CARTS Catalog (featuring high-quality, authentic teaching resources for folklore, oral history, and the arts), and a free CD or cassette. Send $30 (check payable to City Lore) to City Lore, 72 East First Street, New York NY 10003 USA. For a free copy of the catalog, e-mail or phone 800/333-5982.



Click here to explore resources that employ folklife and education. Some of these resources were created by Folklore and Education Section members. See also a section-created wiki Bibliography of Essential Texts for Folklore and Education.

Click here to explore websites that employ folklife and education. Some of these sites were created by Folklore and Education Section members.

Click here for help finding syllabi in the Teaching Resource Collection in OpenFolklore. Some of these syllabi were contributed by Folklore and Education Section members.


Newsletter Archive

Spring 2017 (pdf)
Spring 2016 (pdf)
Spring 2015 (pdf)
Spring 2014 (pdf)
Spring 2013 (pdf)
Spring 2012 (read-only Word doc or pdf)
Spring 2011 (read-only Word doc or pdf)
Spring 2010
Spring 2009
Spring 2008
Spring 2007
Spring 2006
Spring 2005
Spring 2004
Spring 2003
Spring 2002
Spring 2001

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