2014 Summer Teacher Institute

Western State Colorado University is pleased to host the Summer Teacher Institute, June 9-21, 2014.

We are celebrating the program’s 10th anniversary! Over the last 10 years, Western has had over 2000 educators, teachers and students energized, and share their love of teaching.

Veteran Summer Teacher Institute instructor, Rita Merrigan, expresses her Summer Teacher Institute experiences: “Western's Summer Teacher Institute is a wonderful time on Western's campus. Teachers are learning, sharing ideas, laughing and discovering new ways to love teaching. The gorgeous time of year, at the beginning of June, when flowers are blooming, grass is green, and school's out for summer, you can relax, take the time to regroup, refresh and take a long, deep, fresh, breath of beautiful mountain air and quickly earn the university level credits you need for your own personal professional development.”

The Summer Teacher Institute provides opportunities for educators to enhance content knowledge, share pedagogy, and network with teachers from throughout Colorado and beyond.  The Summer Teacher Institute offers a variety of content courses designed specifically for K-12 educators who want to enrich their existing curricula. Intensive seminars with qualified instructors will immerse participants in their subject areas. Opportunities include hands-on individualized activities, instructional enhancements, and outdoor classrooms.Funds provided by the Ann Zugelder Endowment have allowed Western State Colorado University to expand initiatives in offering graduate credit courses for teachers.

Western State Colorado University and its Office of Extended Studies is honored that instructors and participants choose to come back time and time again to be a part of the Summer Teacher Institute’s high-quality course offerings: "I had a great experience working with secondary math teachers in 2009. Ideas were shared, new strategies were explored, and teachers created lessons for a jump start to the new school year. I look forward to being a part of the Summer Teacher Institute again this year,” instructor of  Mathematics 6-12 PARCC is Here! Repacking Resources and Instruction to Include More Rigor, Marilyn Stor.

Western’s Summer Teacher Institute has outstanding instructors and dedicated students/teachers coming together in our state’s beautiful location. We welcome you to come to Western this summer to be a part of these relevant and dynamic courses and earn graduate-level credit.

Take Rita’s advice and “join in the fun, refresh your belief in yourself and your chosen profession, network with teachers from all over the state and visit the amazing beauty of the Gunnison Valley.”

NEW COURSE: SCHOOL GARDENING
Beth Coop
SCI 510, 2 credits, CRN: 14365
Wed., Thurs., Fri, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. June 18, 19, 20, 2014: Week 2
School gardens benefit student academic achievement and overall health. A school garden provides an active and engaging learning environment that is different from the classroom. School gardens can be used to teach a variety of subjects including art, science, math, and language arts. Through hands-on activities in the garden and nearby natural areas, participants will learn how to design and implement kid-friendly outdoor lessons revolving around the garden in their everyday teaching.  Many of these can be done with simple window or patio gardens, but we’ll also talk about resources that can help to get a garden in school if you don’t have one.  Topics include worm composting, seed saving, pizza (& other themed gardens), raised beds, organic gardening, cooking with kids, and lots of activities for getting kids engaged with what they eat and where it comes from!

2014 Summer Teacher Institute course offerings
2014 Summer Teacher Institute registration form
2014 Summer Teacher Institute textbook/materials list
2014 Summer Teacher Institute field trip list
2014 Summer Teacher Institute housing reservation form

For questions regarding the 2014 Summer Teacher Institute, please contact Extended Studies at 970.943.2885.  Registration and housing reservations form may be faxed to 970.943.7068, emailed to extendedstudies@western.edu, or mailed to
Western Extended Studies
Taylor Hall 303
Gunnison, CO 81231