Teachers explore Jack London
Sonoma Valley English teachers recently gathered at Jack London State Park early on a Saturday morning for a one-day workshop on Jack London’s importance in American history as an author, a political activist and an environmentalist. The workshop was intended to provide teachers with tools to introduce these concepts to students as well as to establish the park as a “living classroom.” Teachers explored how study of Jack London – writer, journalist, socialist orator, progressive reformer, and sustainable farmer – could enrich their curriculums and address key content standards. Participants attended a series of presentations by noted London scholars, while pedagogical aspects were led by experienced classroom teachers and local historians conducted guided tours of the ranch. The teachers who attended the one-day workshop on Jack London included, front row, from left, Kathy Eschelman from Adele Harrison and Jennifer McPherson from Sonoma Valley High School; middle row, from left, Cathy Wedell from Adele Harrison Middle School, Linda Dillon from Sonoma Valley High School and Pam Cain from Altimira Middle School; back row, from left, Zane Boehlke (student teacher), Jane Martin, Leslie McLean and Colleen Hamilton, all from Sonoma Valley High School.