Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Susan Lehr

Second Advisor

Donald McCormack


The Adirondack Park is a unique and extraordinary region of New York State that offers its citizens a chance to be part of a naturally diverse, though historically difficult, ecological phenomena (i.e. man and nature living together). There are twelve counties and 45 school districts within the Adirondack Park "Blue Line" boundary. This is less than 7% of the total amount of school districts in the state of New York. School districts within the Park range from as few students as 12 in Raquette Lake K-6 Elementary School to as many as 3,000 in Queensbury School District located on the peripheral of the Park. Diversity, the rural nature of the Park, and the need to provide opportunities to keep current with today's fast-changing world offer unique challenges to Adirondack Park educators.