Georgia Society SAR Education Outreach Summary
Georgia’s SAR Education Outreach effort understands the educator’s program expectations.
Some schools request a program in the form of an important character during the American Revolution, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. Other schools request a living history presentation on Colonial American, events that caused the Revolution, the lifestyle of the time, its economy and common struggle. Many educators across Georgia have embraced our living history approach using a “traveling trunk” that contains up to 80 colonial items. We measure our success by the year after year requests to return to their schools with our SAR Educational Outreach program.
The Georgia Society’s approach for its successful Educational Outreach is SIMPLE.
S - State Standards in Education are public information and in Georgia it is the Fourth Grade Social Studies where Colonial America and the American Revolution are required material. Go to your State’s Board of Education web site to find the State Standards or contact your local school system.
I - Instructional Calendars provide the Topics, Materials and Content for the school year that outlines what, when and why the American Colonial and Revolutionary War periods are essential
M – Motivate SAR Chapters and their members to experience a student’s personal appreciation for bringing learning in the school from something other than a textbook. The majority of the Chapters have been inspired to start programs through Georgia Society SAR and its Educational Committee assistance with expenses, preparation and distribution of a “traveling trunk” with a speaking point guide for each colonial item in it. Making traveling trunk easily available and understandable motivates.
P – Prepare a State SAR Educational Committee presentation syllabus that addresses the State Board of Education’s standards related to Colonial America and the events of the American Revolution. Georgia’s SAR Educational Committee’s syllabus is easily modified by each Chapter to adapt to their Chapter presenters. Providing a written syllabus to a local educator gives that teacher the opportunity to share a defined reason to seek approval through the administration to invite the SAR in to the school.
L- Liaison with other SAR Chapters or DAR Chapters for learning or developing a team approach. DAR Chapters often have members with period attire that add to the presentation the role of women in the American Revolution, as well as, the lifestyle of the homemaker that kept the family and farm intact while their Patriot answered the call to serve. Liaison with your local school Media Specialist is essential. Media Specialists network with other Media Specialists within and across school systems. Their critical reviews of our SAR programs have generated other schools to request presentations.
E- Educators appreciate effective explanations. Contact your local educator or Media Specialist in writing, by letter or email, to introduce your “no cost, in school field trip” presentation. Attach to your written notice a syllabus or outline of your presentation, a list of colonial items that will be a part of your program or period attire for an historical character and the length of time your presentation takes.
For more information about the Georgia Society SAR’s Education Outreach, please contact Bruce Maney at mbrucemaneybellsouth [dot] net.