The Delta Blues Museum and the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture will host a teacher workshop on the Mississippi Blues Trail on July 28-30, 2015. The 3-day workshop will be held at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and is open to teachers of all subjects and all grade levels. Registration will begin June 22 and run until July 20 or until the workshop fills up.
Sessions will include discussions about the blues, how to incorporate the blues into classroom teaching, and resources available to teachers. Attendees will receive a bound copy of lesson plans created by the Mississippi Arts Commission for the Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum. While the teacher booklets are designed to complement the Mississippi Blues Trail, they also work as stand-alone pieces in any classroom. Upon completion of the 3-day workshop, teachers will receive 1.6 CEU credits. The workshop is free to attendees.
Visit the Delta Blues Museum’s site for more information and to register.
Day 1 (6 hrs)
8:30 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome
9:45-11 Introduction to Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum Lesson Plans – Charlotte Smelsner, Arts Education Director, Mississippi Arts Commission
11 – 12:15 Mississippi Blues Commission and Mississippi Blues Trail
Dr. Ted Ownby, Scott Barretta, MS Blues Trail Commission Members
12:15 – 1 p.m. LUNCH provided by OXBOW Catering
1:00 – 2:15 Scott Barretta, author Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum
2:15 – 2:30 BREAK
2:30 – 3:45 Musical performance by Kenny Brown
3:45 – 5:15 Walking tour of Clarksdale Blues Markers
Please note this may move to Wed. morning due to weather.
5:30-6:30 p.m. Reception at Delta Blues Museum
DINNER ON YOUR OWN
DAY 2 (7.5 hours)
9:00 – 10:15 Tour of Delta Blues Museum, Maie Smith, Group Tour Manager
Please note this may move to Tuesday afternoon due to weather.
10:15 – 11:30 Traveling trunk / other Delta Blues Museum resources
Shelley Ritter, Executive Director, Delta Blues Museum
11:30 – 1 p.m. LUNCH provided by OXBOW Catering Musical presentation and performance by Mr. Bobby Whalen
1:00 – 2:45 Claire Gwaltney, Outreach Coordinator and Stacey Everett, Director of Education Mississippi Department of Archives & History/ MS History Now
2:45 – 4 Dr. Ted Ownby, Director, University of Mississippi Center for Southern Studies and Derrick Harriell, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies, University of Mississippi
4 – 5:15 Greg Johnson, Director, University of MS Blues Archive
DAY 3 (2.5 hours)
9:00 – 10:15 Educator Joey Young presents how to incorporate lesson plans
10:15 – noon Carol Andersen, Assistant Director for Programs, Mississippi Humanities Council present grants and resources available for teachers and schools.