|The Center for
Archaeology is an outdoor educational facility operated for and by the Baltimore County
Public Schools in the State of Maryland. The Center was established 14 years ago by
teacher-archaeologist George Brauer, now a curriculum specialist for the districts Office of Social Studies in the Department of Curriculum and
Instruction. The facility falls under the school system's Division of
Educational Support Services which maintains the "Essential Curriculum"
for the county schools - "the non-negotiable program of study that the teachers are
expected to teach and students are to expected to learn".
Over the past decade, archaeology has been steadily introduced into
elementary, middle school and high school teacher course study guides through core social
studies curriculum written by George Brauer. The Centers work is geared towards
meeting the identified needs of the school district which in turn coincide with State
educational goals: The educational focus in the State of Maryland is on 'performance based
learning' (learning by doing; learning using real-life, hands-on activities),
interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and multicultural equity.
The Center's mission is to provide instructional
programming in archaeology and related historical studies for teachers and students.
Specifically, the Center designs and distributes classroom instructional materials,
provides on-site archaeology field activities, offers direct instructional support for
teachers, trains teachers, provides outreach programming and operates a museum that
provides direct instructional support for on-site activities.