Note from: Rachel Watkins, Ph.D.
Subject: Anthropologists go Back to School Program – 2014 meetings and beyond
We have the Anthropologists Go Back To School promotional information. This
is for Wednesday, Dec 3rd. Class starts at 8:45am (see Doodle poll below to select times that you would be available to volunteer).
Planning the 2014 Anthropologists Go Back to School program presented
opportunities for AAA to continue the program as part of the conference, as
well as opportunities that will allow us to actualize longer term goals we
have for the program. Our only regret is that the amount of time it took to
finalize arrangements with local schools did not jibe with the time needed
for many of you to make travel plans that included an early arrival to DC
to participate in site visits to schools.
With that said, below you will find options for participating in the
program associated with this year’s site visits, as well as future planning.
DECEMBER (AAA meeting 2014)
Scheduling ultimately worked out with 2 schools for site visits on December
3rd. Below you will find information on the classes, size and minimum
number of participants needed. Beyond the minimum numbers, we hope that
scholars are willing to be present for informal interactions with students
and teachers during the site visits.
At both schools, teachers and administrators are tasking us with providing
their students with a general introduction to anthropology by way of our
individual research interests. Ideally, scholars in each class should,
drawing upon respective areas of expertise, develop a brief presentation
and activity that provides answers to the following questions:
1) What is anthropology?
2) What sorts of research questions do we ask?
3) What methods do we use to answer those questions?
4) How do we share our work with the general public?
Classes will have AV equipment for slides, and there will be space for
moving around, displaying items and engaging students in an activity.
It goes without saying that participants should feel free to draw upon
presentations and activities developed for last year?s AGBTS Day.
1) School: Simon Elementary School
Location: Southeast DC
Class sizes: 3 classes of 10 students each
Minimum number of anthropologists needed: 6 (2 per class)
2) School: Middle School, Browne Education Campus
Location: Northeast DC
Class sizes: 5 classes of 20 students each
Minimum number of anthropologists needed: 15 (3 per class)
We approached planning for the 2014 iteration of AGBTS with the goal of
working with the Howard University Science and Math Middle School (also
known as MS2). They were so impressed with our program that they asked us
to do a full program to kick off their 2015 school year in August rather
than a day in December!
Planning will begin for this exciting program the week of the conference.
We will begin with an in person meeting with MS2 teachers and
administrators in December, followed by virtual meeting opportunities for
members to join in on planning during the spring semester.
AAA meeting 2015 (DENVER)
We want to encourage members of this pool to develop a formal AGBTS
planning committee for the 2015 meetings in Denver and beyond. The local
organizing committee chairs for the 2013 and 2014 conferences will be at
the committee?s disposal to share lessons learned and serve as a resource
Please use the link below to indicate your intent to participate in one or
more of the AGBTS program initiatives in the next 7 days. I will be in
touch again after receiving responses from a ?critical mass.?
Take care and thank you for your patience and commitment to this important