Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom

August 3 - 10, 2013

Held during Family Week at Ogontz.

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.


Tentative Schedule

Program Director

The course is led by Kari Smith, adjunct faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.

Program Description

Matriculated Antioch students receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course. Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England where this course is available for one Master's level graduate credit. Master's courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Registration forms for the course will be available at Ogontz from Kari Smith. Antioch tuition of $350 is due with the completed registration form. This may be paid by check made payable to Antioch University New England Graduate School or by credit card. This is in addition to the fees due to CDSS. All who participate fully (whether for credit or not) will be awarded a certificate (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.

Course requirements will be described in the syllabus which will be dispensed at Ogontz. The requirements are:

  • Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
  • Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
  • Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
  • Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end

This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Kari Smith to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.

-- Kari Smith, Program Director

Please check the description of Family Week at Ogontz for details on the rich and varied program and staff.

Class Descriptions

Morning by Age Classes (9:00 and 10:00)

The children are divided into classes by age (2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12). Course participants will join the class teachers and students to work with traditional material.

Early afternoon classes (1:30)These are mixed-age classes

Pick the topic of your interest!

Teachers Seminar -- Kari Smith (3:50)

This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.


This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 18, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to Antioch University New England graduate students. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course.

To earn masters degree level graduate credit, In addition to applying to CDSS for the program:

  • Current Antioch students: Register for a Supervised Independent Study for 1 or 2 credits with the Office of the Registrar and pay the Antioch tuition. Once you are registered, contact the Education Department and/or Kari Smith, Director of the Teacher Course, to complete an Independent Study contract. Kari Smith can be reached at kari@svcable.net.
  • Applicants not currently enrolled at Antioch: Register for 1 credit with the Office of the Registrar at Antioch and pay the Antioch tuition for Continuing Education. Once you are registered, contact the Education Department and/or Kari Smith, Director of the Teacher Course, to complete an Independent Study contract. Kari Smith can be reached at kari@svcable.net.

Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course.

Scholarships are available.

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-9:55 Teachers Training Course: Observe and Participate in kids' classes
10:05-11:00 Teachers Training Course: Observe and Participate in kids' classes
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities