The Workshop Agenda

The intended impact of the Contested Homelands workshop is to strengthen teacher content knowledge about Pre-colonial America and to stretch understandings about the scope of European Colonial America. The sessions will take place on the road, in museums, in historic buildings, and in classrooms.

The workshop will consist of lectures from distinguished scholars, site visits to: the Camino Real Trail, the Palace of the Governors, Taos Pueblo, Pecos National Historic Park (formerly Pecos Pueblo), the New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Santa Fe Plaza. Curriculum work sessions will be incorporated into the workshop agenda. A special art experience will also be part of the workshop itinerary. An award winning artist from the Santa Fe Spanish Market will lead participants in an art creation experience related to a traditional Spanish New Mexican art form. All parts of the workshop will build on the concept of homelands.

The Homelands teacher workshop will commence with a welcoming reception in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Sessions will generally occur daily from 8:00-5:00, however there will be a few evening sessions as well. A majority of the workshop will take place at the historic Palace of the Governors and the newly opened New Mexico History Museum.

Teacher participants will complete short readings daily related to the following day’s events. Each teacher will create a teaching product that they can use in their classroom. Ideas for teaching products include: a lesson, a Power Point Presentation, an informational booklet to share with their students, a lecture. Project leadership will assist the teacher participants in the development of their teaching products. On the final day of the workshop participants will share their projects in small groups. The workshop will conclude with a reception in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors.

Prior to arriving in Santa Fe, teachers will receive reading material in the mail. Teacher participants will be asked to read excerpts from the following two books and one article before the workshop:

Lamadrid, E. (2008). Rutas del Corazon: Pilgrimage and cultural commerce on the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. New Mexico Historical Review, 83, 423-449

Sando, J., and Agoyo, H. (Eds.), Po'Pay: Leader of the First American Revolution. Santa Fe: Clearlight Books.

Weigle, M., Levine, F. & Stiver, L. Eds. (2009). Telling New Mexico: A New History. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press.