Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom

August 2 - 9, 2014

Held during Family Week at Ogontz.

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Program Director

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

Program Description

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. 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.

Master's Course Credit

Matriculated students at Antioch University New England can receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course (with a choice of earning 1 or 2 credits). One Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England. Master's degree level courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. See details below for how to register for graduate credit.

Course requirements are described in the syllabus and are as follows please note the syllabus describes additional requirements for those students taking the course for credit:

  • 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 course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 17, 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 for professional development (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.

To register for the Course, use the CDSS Registration process. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.

To earn masters degree level graduate credit, in addition to applying to CDSS:

  • Current Antioch students: Register through your degree program for a Supervised Independent Study for 1 or 2 credits. 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 through the Antioch Center for School Renewal at a cost of $x. 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.

Printable Information for Accepted Campers

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Here are links to further details:

The Program: one page Program Description

Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.

Getting to Camp: Driving Directions

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-9:55 Teacher Training Course observe and participate in Kids' classes
10:00-10:10 Morning Refreshments
10:15-11:10 Teacher Training Course observe and participate in Kids' classes
11:20-12:10 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:15-12:30 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
3:50-4:45 Teacher Training Course
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering
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