Planning the 2014 Anthropologists Go Back to School program
presented opportunities for AAA to continue the program as part of the
conference, as well as opportunities that will allow us to actualize
longer term goals we have for the program. Our only regret is that the
amount of time it took to finalize arrangements with local schools did not
jibe with the time needed for many of you to make travel plans that
included an early arrival to DC to participate in site visits to schools.
With that said, below you will find options for participating in the
program associated with this year's site visits, as well as future
DECEMBER (AAA meeting 2014)
Scheduling ultimately worked out with 2 schools for site visits on
December 3rd. Below you will find information on the classes, size and
minimum number of participants needed. Beyond the minimum numbers, we
hope that scholars are willing to be present for informal interactions
with students and teachers during the site visits.
At both schools, teachers and administrators are tasking us with providing
their students with a general introduction to anthropology by way of our
individual research interests. Ideally, scholars in each
class should, drawing upon respective areas of expertise, develop a
brief presentation and activity that provides answers to the following
1) What is anthropology?
2) What sorts of research questions do we ask?
3) What methods do we use to answer those questions?
4) How do we share our work with the general public?
Classes will have AV equipment for slides, and there will be space for
moving around, displaying items and engaging students in an activity.
It goes without saying that participants should feel free to
draw upon presentations and activities developed for last year's AGBTS
1) School: Simon Elementary School
Location: Southeast DC
Class sizes: 3 classes of 10 students each
Minimum number of anthropologists needed: 6 (2 per class)
2) School: Middle School, Browne Education Campus
Location: Northeast DC
Class sizes: 5 classes of 20 students each
Minimum number of anthropologists needed: 15 (3 per class)
We approached planning for the 2014 iteration of AGBTS with the goal of
working with the Howard University Science and Math Middle School
(also known as MS2). They were so impressed with our
program that they asked us to do a full program to kick off their 2015
school year in August rather than a day in December!
Planning will begin for this exciting program the week of the conference.
We will begin with an in person meeting with MS2 teachers
and administrators in December, followed by virtual
meeting opportunities for members to join in on planning during the
AAA meeting 2015 (DENVER)
We want to encourage members of this pool to develop a formal AGBTS
planning committee for the 2015 meetings in Denver and beyond. The local
organizing committee chairs for the 2013 and 2014 conferences will be
at the committee's disposal to share lessons learned and serve as a
resource as needed.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you would like to be contacted for the 2015 planning!