AFS Long Beach Oct. 14-17

workshopcard.jpgLocal Learning and the AFS Education Section will host a free Saturday morning workshop, "Do More Than Do Good" on Folklore and Service Learning, at the annual AFS meeting for conference attendees and local educators. Click here to learn more and register. Also find a list of education sessions, the second annual Experiments in Exhibition pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, and the Local Learning Happy Hour on Thursday.

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Folk Arts Integration Handbook

Click HERE to download the PDF of our 24-page handbook outlining how to incorporate folk arts and artists into arts integration projects.

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We prepare young people, their teachers, and their families to discover, research, and draw on traditional culture and local knowledge to enrich education and create stronger communities. Local Learning advocates for the full inclusion of folk and traditional arts and artists in the nation's education.

New Resources from Local Learning


Join the Local Learning Network of colleagues and friends in Long Beach at our Local Learning Happy Hour Thursday, October 15th, to toast all of the contributors and others who made "Youth in Community" such a special issue.
Thursday, October 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
District Wine Bar
144 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA

2015 Journal of Folklore and Education: Youth in Community

JFEv2card.jpgDownload Volume 2 of the Journal of Folklore and Education HERE and share with colleagues! The articles, case studies and classroom exercises found in this issue illustrate not only the impact that youth engaging with community may have on learning, but also the ways in which this impact resonates in the spaces where we all live and work-making them more beautiful, safe, just, and youthful.



DressModule.pngExplore visually enticing ways to think about history, identity, art, and culture in three online learning modules by distinguished museum educators in our new Discovery Studio. We would love to hear from users about these resources so we included links to a short survey. Find more activities and context on this theme in the Journal of Folklore and Education (Vol 1).


Local Learning Seasonal Round Lesson  


SeasonalRound1.JPGUniversal yet unique to each community, family, and individual, folk arts and folklore provide inherently interdisciplinary opportunities to investigate local learning in deeply meaningful ways that connect generations, regions of the nation and the world, and diverse ways of knowing. Use the Seasonal Round as an introduction to folk arts and folklore for any age group.


Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum

Paddy Bowman and Lynne Hamer, eds., 2011, order from Utah State University Press.

SchoolhouseCover-400.jpgWinner of the 2012 Dorothy Howard Prize, this collection offers experiences from exemplary school programs and analysis of an expert group of folklorists and educators dedicated not only to getting students out the door and into their communities to learn about the folk culture all around them but also to honoring the culture teachers and students bring in to the classroom. Digital edition now available.