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April 24, 2011

Chautauqua in the Park slated for June

ENID — Chautauqua in the Park will offer all kinds of learning opportunities — for students of any age and teachers, as well.

For the second year, teachers can enroll for Chautauqua Teachers Institute.

This year’s theme for the June 14-18 Chautauqua is “The Golden Age of Hollywood.” Portrayers will bring to life Walt Disney, W.C. Fields, D.W. Griffith, Louella Parsons and Paul Robeson.

DeLisa Ging, the Northern Oklahoma College instructor presenting Chautauqua Teachers Institute, said teachers can learn about the icons of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood and also be introduced to effective teaching strategies using subject matter from the period. Additionally, they can learn about the newspaper industry and using the newspaper for more effective communication in the classroom.

Chautauqua Teachers Institute this year will include field trips to Standing Bear Park and Educational Center in Ponca City, Heart in the Park Labyrinth in Tonkawa, and the Sod House outside Cleo Springs. During the field trips, teachers will learn about using cinematography as a learning tool, enriching curriculum with Native American literature, using diversity to enhance the classroom experience and providing students with opportunity to learn about the early days of life on the Oklahoma prairie.

“Last year I took a local approach and focused on local landmarks here in Enid,” Ging said.

This year, two days of the teachers institute will be in Enid and the other days will be in the region, Ging said.

Enid News & Eagle and the Gaslight Theatre are among those who will make presentations.

“Not only are we going to get a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper, we are going to learn to use journalistic elements in the classrooms,” Ging said.

At Gaslight, teachers will learn to turn the classroom into a theater and use theatrical and drama techniques to boost student self-confidence, Ging said.

She said the state’s pioneer history will be highlighted at the Sod House. The tour director will give a presentation after the group’s tour.

“She’s put together several teaching ideas on how to use Oklahoma pioneer past in the teaching curriculum,” Ging said.

Lessons on using Native American literature in the classroom and engaging students’ heritage will come from presentations at Standing Bear Park, Ging said.

Tonkawa art instructor Audrey Schmidt will provide lessons on using cinematography to record history as well as students’ progress in the classroom.

Chautauqua Teachers Institute will be from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. June 14-18 at NOC Enid.

Registration fee is $50, which includes lunch each day. Dorm rooms on the NOC campus are available for $20 per night. The application form is available at

Registration deadline is June 3.

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