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May 10, 2013

Newsmakers: May 10, 2013

Beekmantown High School teacher Adam Rabideau was selected as an Unsung Hero in the Saint Michael’s College Teacher Recognition Program. Rabideau was nominated by Willis Reid Breyette, a graduate of Beekmantown High School and first-year student at Saint Michael’s College. Breyette said Rabideau made learning economics the most enjoyable class of his high-school career and said Rabideau constantly brought a liveliness to the class and showed a real passion in what he was teaching.

Fort Ticonderoga recently received a GO Grant enabling Director of Education Rich Strum to present at the New York State Council for the Social Studies 75th-annual Conference held in Rye Brook. Strum’s presentation on “The Common Core, Literacy, and Historical Thinking in the Social Studies” utilized documents in the Fort Ticonderoga collection related to the American Revolution. In one activity, teachers examined documents from three perspectives of the May 10, 1775, capture of Fort Ticonderoga. They analyzed the three documents, noting similarities and differences, and discussed the possible reasons for the various interpretations of the event. Attendees in the session included teachers from across New York State at the elementary, middle and high school levels. “It’s important for Fort Ticonderoga to be an active participant at teacher conferences to continue our role as a leader in the field of education,” noted Beth Hill, president and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “Fort Ticonderoga has a wealth of resources that enable teachers to engage their students with not only history, but other key disciplines, including English language arts, math, geography, science, and economics.”

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