Thursday August 15, 2013
This summer, eight educators from Orchard School traveled to Minneapolis with Turning Points in American History, a federally funded professional development program for Vermont educators. It was quite an adventure for Erin Bahrenburg, Judy Gilmartin, Deb Gurwicz, Joanna Pecor, Steven Schmidt, Donna Sullivan-Macdonald, Melinda Tate and Lynda Waltien as they traveled and toured over eight days, learning about the American Indian Movement (AIM). The experience included traveling to important geographic locations in the history of the Dakota people, including Fort Snelling, Cold Springs and Mankato, Minn. They heard from amazing AIM leaders and Chief Arvol Looking Horse. Some highlights of the week were setting up and spending the night in tepees, as well as participating in traditional ceremonies and dances. The educators are working on lesson plans for a unit that they will use with their students this coming year. They are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and experiences of this educational adventure.