See this update on the Bloomingdale Village Square initiative:
More than a year ago, BCA's Bloomingdale Village Square (BVS) Initiative received a grant from HumanitiesDC (an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities) to develop and implement a project, Taking Village History to Our Youth. This project is a youth leadership development effort that is rooted in neighborhood history and youth issues occasioned by changing neighborhoods and gentrification. The project is targeted to youth in grades 7 - 12.
We have posted the project's PROMOTIONAL PORTFOLIO at the BVS website: www.bloomingdalecivicassociation.org/villagecenter The Portfolio describes the project's curriculum in detail and includes three of its lesson plans.
We have completed development of the curriculum's 10 structured classroom lessons plans and 10 Community Exploratory Expeditions (CEEs aka field trips). The lessons are amenable to flexibility both in the time expended in their presentation to students, as well as their format (in class, after-school, Saturday program and/or virtual). We also have completed development of a 75-page Teacher Curriculum Guide, a 56-page Student Curriculum Guide, and a packet of teaching/learning resources (e.g., videos, articles, worksheets and other handouts, and other types of resources including all booklets & brochures previously developed by BVS).
In consideration of the impact of Covid-19, we have initiated uploading all curriculum materials onto the Google + Education platform for virtual teaching/learning use. We also are developing brief instructional videos on navigation of the Google platform site. Teachers will also be provided at least 3 hours of training on the curriculum and use of the Teacher Guide. We are hoping that we might be able to implement the curriculum in January 2021.
We also are actively recruiting:
- Program sites (schools, community-based organizations willing to host in-class, after-school or Saturday programs);
- Volunteers to serve as teachers, facilitators (assistant teachers), chaperones/expedition leaders for CEEs and guest lecturers on curriculum topics . Parents and other adults, as well as advanced college and graduate students seeking academic credit for practicum/internship/community service experiences will be considered.
- Potential funders to underwrite limited project operational costs (e.g., school supplies, snacks and transportation to CEEs, student participant project t-shirts, etc.)
Please take a look at the Promotional Portfolio, and if your interest is piqued, and you want to volunteer, and/or you have additional questions or wish to request additional information, PLEASE CONTACT:
Bertha Holliday OR Ana Rodriquez
Project Director Project Assistant