Presidio of San Francisco (October 6, 2010) -- The Presidio Trust hosts its annual Teachers' Night Thursday, October 7 from 5-7 pm at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop in the Presidio.
With education resources growing ever more scarce, Presidio Teachers' Night, now in its ninth year, provides educators with free resources and opportunities in the park to enhance learning outside the classroom. The Presidio's 1,491 acres serve as an outdoor classroom to more than 20,000 students and teachers each year.
"This night celebrates the power of teaching to inspire us," says Lisa Hillstrom, an education specialist for the Trust. "It's about offering teachers new ways and new ideas to keep their students engaged and keep learning fun."
This year's theme, Sparking Creativity: At the Heart of Education, brings a new program€”an art room designed especially for teachers that features classroom materials and hands-on demonstrations. The group Youth Speaks will present a series of short spoken words performed by young Bay Area poets, including many who are San Francisco Unified School District alumni. And local artist Nataliya, a graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts, will capture the evening on canvas in a live painting performance.
There is also a stellar line-up of live music including: the Chinyakare Ensemble, featuring traditional music and culture of Zimbabwe; the Latin American woodwind quintet, Quinteto Latino; Chaskinakuy, highlighting Andean music and culture of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia; Grupo Falso Baiano, performing instrumental Brazilian choro music; and SoVoSo, an R B, blues and pop a capella group.
Approximately 500 teachers and educators attended last year's event. A similar number is anticipated this year. Fifty Bay Area educational organizations are expected to take part as exhibitors. For more information visithttp://www.presidio.gov/visit/teachers/Pages/default.aspx.
Teachers' Night is sponsored by the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The National Park Service oversees the coastal areas of the Presidio. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio's status as a National Historic Landmark District."