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Heritage Education: A national model for instilling cultural stewardship

During my National Park Service years, I was privileged to work on a project initiated by Congress to serve as a national model for heritage education. This included development of the marketing and promotional material to communicate with participating teachers and program supporters.

The initiative was piloted as Heritage Education–Louisiana. Classroom teachers, preservation specialists, and learning professionals were consulted to ensure that the program met preservation ethics and provided professional development for teachers in innovative and evolving educational theology and techniques.

Meeting the needs of classroom teachers who must not only cover curriculum standards and benchmarks, but must also consider high-stakes testing, the program aided teachers in creating integrated lessons and activities that use local cultural resources such as archaeological sites, historic structures, and cultural landscapes as the foundation.

Workshops, Mini Grants, a website and quarterly newsletters were avenues by which the program strove to meet its goals of:

  • Enhancing and enriching Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum;
  • Instilling a sense of cultural stewardship in tomorrow’s leaders; and
  • Serving as a national model for other states.

The program lost its congressional funding after the pilot phase, and limped along until about 2010, but it’s still a worthy model for heritage education. Everyone who participated in it saw its value. You can read more about some of the resulting products and activities at its legacy web presence.

Outstanding products include:

The Summary Report embedded below won an Addy Gold Award for best print publication. It was developed with a matching program brochure and website.

Heritage Education Summary Report by jkguin on Scribd

Heritage Education Brochure by jkguin on Scribd

Heritage Lessons was a quarterly newsletter for and about teachers in the program.

Heritage Lessons Summer 04 Newsletter by jkguin on Scribd

My hipster GTD folder form for keeping projects on track

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There are two major eras in my career: B.D.A. and A.D.A. No, I’m not talking about federal regulatory rules. I’m talking about David Allen, the guy who has empowered hordes or creatives like me to focus for two minutes at a time.

I first discovered David’s book Getting Things Done about three years ago. While a lot in my life still gets done slowly, it will get done. At the very least I know when to recognize that something is not worth doing or just not possible in the current circumstances.

The freedom this system provided ignited the spark to create something simple that has in turn given me even a bit more freedom. It’s been working for me (and even a few co-workers) for a while now, so I thought I’d share it. Just tape it on front of your project folder and enjoy mind like water!

Click the image below to download this PDF from my Google Drive account.

Hipster GTD form

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NCPTT Notes Issue 48: Introducing Preservation Today

This publication features the usual training and research articles. A few were written by a promising student journalist named Kevin Clarkston. I was lucky enough to teach Kevin in a Feature Writing class at Northwestern and then have him as a practicum student at NCPTT. One of his articles features the new Preservation Today social media experiment I’ve been working on.

NCPTT Catalog of Research

NCPTT Catalog of free research by National Center for Preservation Technology and Training on Scribd

This catalog features research conducted over the first ten years of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. I conceptualized, designed and wrote (except where noted) this catalog in 2004-2005 as a way to more effectively market these free research products to the professional who could use them. Product requests and downloads averaged a 500 percent increase in the year following its publication.

Annual Report: Hurricane Katrina Response

The 2005 NCPTT Annual Report covers departmental reports and research in narrative form. Designed in a 20-page signature with a removable promotional centerfold focused on the organization’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Conforms to strictures of National Park Service messaging standards.

Read this document on Scribd: NCPTT 2005 Annual Report