Teacher’s Night at the Presidio a Huge Success

Hey, Bay Area school teachers! Did you notice a smaller-than-normal crowd at your Trader Joe’s last night? Well, the reason for that was this: Presidio Teachers’ Night 2008

Hundreds of teachers came to the Presidio yesterday to learn about a whole bunch of programs for their students. Representatives were on hand from lots of local institutions, such as the Asian Art Museum (check out their MATCHA night tonight at 5:00PM - Japanese Tatoo! Live Demos!), the Legion of Honor, the de Young and the California Academy of Sciences.

Teachers, you want to get in on this catered affair next year. Read more below.

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Presidio of San Francisco (September 29, 2008) — Bay Area teachers will move into the spotlight when the Presidio hosts its annual Teachers’ Night this Wednesday, October 1 from 5-7 pm at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, in the Presidio.

 

Now in its seventh year, Presidio Teachers’ Night introduces educators to the amazing learning opportunities for students in the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Parks. The park is an outdoor classroom for more than 20,000 Bay Area students and teachers each year. Award-winning, curriculum-based programs stimulate teachers’ professional growth and help K–12 students achieve academically as well as understand and address major environmental and cultural issues in their communities.

 

The event has grown each year of its existence. Last year 350 teachers attended. More than 500 are expected this year.

 

Teachers look forward to this event every year. It’s such an awesome responsibility being a teacher these days,” says Lisa Hillstrom, education specialist for the Presidio Trust. “This event really honors them. It’s great to be able to do something for teachers who are doing so much every day.”

 

The theme of this year’s event, All Over the Map: Re-imagining Geography, connects teachers and students to the physical and human systems of the earth and how we impact those systems in and around the bay and throughout the world. It includes a special presentation on Geography in the 21ST Century by Bob Dulli, the deputy chairman of the National Geographic Society.

 

Teachers will have the chance to network with other educators, discover opportunities and resources for learning outside the classroom, and gather educational materials from more than 40 Bay Area organizations. In addition, the Presidio Trust will launch a resource guide for teachers keyed to its new exhibit, War and Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines 1898-1915, which opens October 22at the Presidio Officers’ Club.

Teachers’ Night is sponsored by the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Presidio Teachers’ Night 2008, Participating Organizations:
                
Asian Art Museum
Bay Area Orienteering Club
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bookmaking with Kids
California Academy of Sciences
California Geographic Alliance 
California Science Teachers Association
California Watercolor Association
Crissy Field Center
CyArk 
Exploratorium
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Headlands Institute
JASON Project 
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Just Think
KQED Education Network 
Marine Mammal Center
Mission Dolores 
Museum of Children’s Art
National Geographic School Publishing 
National Japanese American Historical Society
National Park Service
Oakland Museum of California
Presidio Dance Theatre
The Presidio Trust
Randall Museum
San Francisco Airport Museums
San Francisco Cable Car Museum
San Francisco Public Library
Shakespeare On Tour
Slide Ranch
The Society of California Pioneers
University of California Berkeley 
U.S. Geological Survey
The Watershed Project
YMCA Presidio & Point Bonita

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