SHUMLA Education Team Concludes Successful Yearly Programming for Local School Districts and Private Schools
SHUMLA's education team has concluded a busy year of providing discovery learning opportunities to local school districts, and staff members are already looking at ways to improve upcoming programs. SHUMLA's Education Director Val Varner voiced enthusiasm about recent operations. "This year has been very exciting, especially the new Discovery Day program with Comstock ISD...and the 'tips for teachers' addition to the [San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District] SFDRCISD programs."
During the 2010-2011 academic year, SHUMLA staff partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife, the National Parks Service and a great group of volunteers to provide Knowledge Enriching Youth (KEY) programming to 711 students and 80 adults from the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District. Staff also served the Comstock Independent School District, providing services for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Single week programs were held in October for St. Catherine's Montessori from Houston and in April for the Aka'Ula School from Molokai, Hawaii. Students stayed at the SHUMLA facilities for five days while exploring archeological sites and practicing lifeways skills. Student visitors from the Aka-Ula school have mentioned SHUMLA activities several times in their recent publications. An Aka-Ula newsletter featuring SHUMLA-inspired activities is linked in the eNews sidebar.
Spring programming included a staff focus on quantitative assessment. Staff is evaluating learning stations with an eye for what SHUMLA does well and what components need to be revised. The first cycle of assessment confirms that students who attend SHUMLA programming are benefiting from what SHUMLA has to offer. Staff has plans to strengthen the 2011-2012 programming, and eagerly anticipates working with the local school districts again in the fall.