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Study Unit I: Defining Terms  
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Study Unit III: Discovering the Obvious: Our Lives as "The Folk"  
Study Unit IV: The State of Our Lives: Being a Louisiana Neighbor  
Study Unit V: Oral Traditions--Swapping Stories  
Study Unit VI: Louisiana's Musical Landscape  
Study Unit VII: Material Culture-The Stuff of Life  
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Study Unit IX: The Seasonal Round and Life Cycles  
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Folklife is integral to almost every reaction we experience, and to the values and beliefs we hold to be true. It's also FUN!- Cindy Lassalle, gifted teacher, K-6, North Lewis Elementary School, New Iberia

This workshop has presented many new approaches to using folklife in all areas of the curriculum.- RuthAnn Nadeau, librarian, Lusher Elementary School, New Orleans

Folklife can be explored, shared, presented, and enjoyed. After all, this is what makes Louisiana unique. It reveals our heritage more interestingly than a history book. As a Louisiana history teacher, all of the ideas taught in the Institute are perfect for my curriculum. - Pat Veazey, social studies teacher, St. Aloysius School, Baton Rouge

Notes from teachers at the Folklife and Technology Institute:

I have affirmed my excitement for teaching/sharing with students. . . . I noticed that everything I teach ties into the subject of folklore. . . . I was surprised at the variety of ways units could be developed. . . . I noticed how connected we all are. . . . Folklife ties so well into all areas of the curriculum. . . . This institute made me notice that even though we are all different, we share much in common. . . . Now I know the feeling that a student has when he is presented a lesson that is exciting. . . . I began to think of how I could team with teachers in other disciplines to use folklife as a centerpiece for learning. . . .


July 31, 2007 Working with St. Tammany Parish teachers, Louisiana Voices staff present an introduction to Louisiana Voices activities.

July 23, 2007 Teachers from the Teaching American History group visit the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and learn about Louisiana burying traditions in this half-day workshop.

July 17, 2007 In collaboration with the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, teachers in a daylong seminar learn about Louisiana festivals and celebrations and visit onsite exhibits. In addition, they create their own exhibit on a festival or celebration.

June 18, 2007 Teachers from the Teaching American History group, attend a session on Louisiana foodways, concentrating on the evolution of our present food based on historical events; immigration, the depression, etc.

June 14, 2007 In collaboration with the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE), a daylong seminar on foodways involved learning, eating and developing an exhibit on Louisiana Food.

May 20, 2007 In collaboration with the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, teachers learned about the foodways unit and visited food exhibits onsite in this daylong seminar.

April 28, 2007 Ponchatoula six graders work with Louisiana Voices artifacts sheets to enrich their Social Studies experience.

April 5, 2007 Teachers and Louisiana Voices staff attend the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Teachers discuss the background of Louisiana food and then attend cooking demonstrations and taste food from around the state.

March 26, 2007 Lee Road Middle School hosts a Louisiana Festival highlighting Louisiana culture and history. A pirogue maker displays his work and students and parents interview him.

March 22, 2007 In collaboration with HNOC, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Orleans Parish teachers receive an afternoon of instruction on the Louisiana Foodways activities which coordinate with a History Channel Save Our History grant.

March 17, 2007 Future social studies teachers in the Northwestern State University receive training with Louisiana Voices activities.

January 12, 2007 Seventy-five teachers in the Teaching American History grant program receive information on Louisiana festivals and utilize the Louisiana Voices Artifacts pages while examining a variety of festival artifacts.

January 8, 2007 Eleven teachers in Greenville's Gifted Program model Louisiana Voices Artifacts/Family Photos and Foodways activities.

December 20, 2006 Livaudais Middle School students meet and interview folk artists including Mardi Gras Indians.

December 5, 2006 Faculty presentation of Louisiana Foodways unit for 45 teachers at Greenville Elementary School in Baton Rouge.

December 5, 2006 Wicker elementary students receive instruction in drumming and the Mardi Gras Indian culture.

November 14, 2006 How to bring oral history into classrooms for students in the Oral History class at Southeastern Louisiana University

November 11, 2006 In collaboration with the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge and the Teacher American History program at Southeastern Louisiana University, seventy-three teachers utilize the Louisiana Voices Artifacts and Family Photos pages and evaluate the exhibits.

October 30 31, 2006 Faculty presentation of the Louisiana Foodways unit for teachers at Claiborne Magnet School in Shreveport. Student assembly presentation to kick-off project. Seventeen teachers and 450 students attend activities.

September 23, 2006 In collaboration with the Louisiana Folklife Center and the Old Courthouse Museum in Natchitoches, teachers learn how to use the Louisiana Voices Foodways Unit with Key Ingredients: America by Food, an exhibit by the Smithsonian Institution traveling to six Louisiana communities.

September 22, 2006 Teachers in St. Martinville participate in a Save Our History grant project based on Louisiana Voices Educator's Guide.

September 22, 2006 In collaboration with the Historic New Orleans Collection, Jefferson Parish social studies teachers learn about the HNOC A Dollop of History in Every Bite and the Louisiana Voices Foodways Unit. This project was supported by a Save Our History grant.

May 20, 2006 Over 70 educators attend the Teacher Expo at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge to tour the museum, meet folk artists demonstrating their crafts, hear presentations from teachers bringing heritage education curriculum into their classrooms, and learn from exhibitors about programs available through the Dept of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Fall 2005 Louisiana Voices pilots In the Wake of the Hurricanes Unit activity which provides strategies for Louisiana teachers to work with their students about their hurricane experiences. It is based on the newly expanded Unit II Classroom Applications of Fieldwork Basics.

June 16, 2005 One day workshop, concentrating on the revised, exciting LV Louisiana Foodways lesson plans.

June 14-16, 2005 Participants learn all about Louisiana Folklife and our Educator's Guide to bring exciting LV resources into their classroom.

June 6-7, 2005 In collaboration with Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, teachers attend two days of seminars; Louisiana Foodways and Louisiana's Musical Landscape.

May 14, 2005 In partnership with the NSU Creole Heritage Center and the St. Augustine Historical Society, Louisiana Voices offers a day for teachers to learn about Creole culture and traditions in the Cane River area.

May 12, 2005 A day just for museum educators to learn about our resources and try out some of our activities especially suited to them including a student activity about making exhibits.

February 14, 2005 Inservice workshop for Lafayette Parish music teachers, Lafayette

January 22, 2005 One day seminar for after school programs funded by the Louisiana Department of Education's Twenty First Century Program, Baton Rouge

July 2004 Tulane University hosts the second LaSIP summer institute in New Orleans. This two week institute was based on Louisiana Voices Educator's Guide and was followed by 20 followup dates during the academinc year.

June 14, 2004 One day seminar, Process, Product, and Publicity: Getting Projects Done, Natchitoches.

June 10, 2004 One day seminar, Practical Fieldworking: The "How To" Workshop for Producing Student Fieldwork Experiences, Baton Rouge.

June 7, 2004 One day seminar, Not just Entertainment: How to Design Activities around Visiting Folk Artists, Ruston.

January 17, 2004 Louisiana Voices one-day seminar in Baton Rouge with 25 teachers attending, Not Just Entertainment: How to Design Activities around Visiting Folk Artists.

July 2003 Tulane University hosts the first LaSIP summer institute in New Orleans. This two week institute was based on Louisiana Voices Educator's Guide and was followed by 20 followup dates during the academinc year.

June 2003 The first Louisiana Voices university course is taught at Louisiana Tech with 17 inservice teachers.

June 2003 The first Louisiana Voices Seminar Project is completed with 13 teachers from three parishes.

June 2002 The fourth Louisiana Voices Summer Institute is at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

March 2002 The first issue of Giving Voice, Louisiana Voices' semi-annual newsletter, is released.

February 2002 Louisiana Voices partners with Louisiana Learn and Serve, designing folklife projects that can be produced through the Learn and Serve's mini-grant program.

February 1, 2002 Louisiana Voices participates in LeadTech, Louisiana Center for Educational Technology's professional development initiative for principals, by providing a three-hour seminar on the history of field-based classroom activities and on the current possibilities and resources offered by place-based organizations throughout the state.

August 2001 The word seems to finally be reaching schools and school districts as Louisiana Voices receives requests to present at schools such as Strahle Elementary in New Orleans and for Social Studies teachers in Vermillion Parish.

June 11, 2001 The third annual Summer Institute takes place at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Guest faculty member, Dr. Bonnie Sunstein, offers techniques for fieldwork as well as interpretation and presentation of data.

June 8, 2001 Louisiana Voices offers its first of many half-day workshops to participants in the SAGE (Supporting Academic Growth of Educators) English Language Arts project.

April 2001 A series of presentations is offered to organizations such as the Louisiana Middle Schools Association, the Louisiana Association of Museums, and the State Arts Conference.

March 2001 For the first time at these universities, Louisiana Voices presents to pre-service teachers at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Southeastern University in Hammond.

January 2001 Several presentations are given this month at meetings of Historic District Commissions in Louisiana, Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association, Rosedown State Historic Site, and the Louisiana Library Association.

December 7, 2000 Louisiana Voices produces an invitation-only informational seminar to district administrators and Department of Education staff on the topic of integrating folklife studies into K-12 curricula. Key-note speaker, Michael Umphrey, offered his perspective on this issue as director of the Montana Heritage Project.

October 2000 The American Folklore Society Folklore and Education Section awards Louisiana Voices the Dorothy Howard Prize for the work that most effectively encourages the study and use of folklore and folkloristic approaches in school environments in 2000.

September 2000 Louisiana Voices presents to several education organizations in South Louisiana including the Louisiana Association of Bilingual Educators, the Children's Literature Conference at University of New Orleans, the Louisiana Council for Social Studies, Teach for America, and the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.

August 8, 2000 A full-day workshop is presented to members of the Lafayette French Foreign Language Teachers Association.

June 26, 2000 Louisiana Voices offers its second annual Summer Institute on the theme of "Sense of Place." The institute is hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and part by the Local Learning initiative of City Lore and the National Network for Folk Arts in Education.

May 26, 2000 Loyola University and the University of New Orleans invite Louisiana Voices to give a full-day workshop at the New Orleans Consortium for Technology Integration and Implementation in Teacher Education (NOC TIIT) conference.

April 29, 2000 As a leading statewide folklife in education project, Louisiana Voices presents at the Folklorists in the South Retreat in Atlanta, Georgia.

March 14, 2000 Partnering with THE | QUEST in Lafayette, Louisiana Voices offers the first of many presentations, demonstrating to higher education professors from different regions of the state the extensive online resources and technology applications of the Louisiana Voices Educator's Guide.

February 1, 2000 Louisiana Voices offers its first of many full-day professional development workshops in partnership with the Louisiana Center for Education Technology's (LCET) Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers (TLTCs). This first of this workshop series, entitled "Folklife and Technology," is held in Alexandria.

June 15, 1999 Louisiana Voices Folklife in Education Project holds its first annual Summer Institute in Baton Rouge. Participants investigate and implement the intersection of folklife with technology.


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