2017 Summer Teacher Institute Catalog

2017 Summer Teacher Institute Catalog

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WEEK 1ArtCommunication ArtsEducation
GeographyHistoryRecreation and Outdoor EducationScience
WEEK 2ArtCommunication ArtsEnglish
EnglishEnvironment and SustainabilityHistoryMath
PhilosophyWriting the Rockies Conference   

Week 1: June 12 – 17

ART
Natural Forms in Art 
Rain Bodine
ART 510, 2 credits, $260 + $10 materials fee, CRN: 15225
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Natural Forms in Art, a course inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy, uses nature as our pallet.  Explore and create paintings, collages and sculptures that incorporate natural forms and found objects.  The culmination of the course is a group outdoor environmental assemblage.  After completion of the course, participants have examples, lesson plans and procedures that can be adapted to their classrooms.

COMMUNICATION ARTS
iPad Education Enhancement and Implementation (CANCELLED)

Melissa Myser
COM ARTS 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15226
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This course is designed with the K-12 teacher in mind as they navigate the use of iPads in their classroom. Participants develop the skills, vocabulary, and projects to support their curriculum. Throughout this course, educators learn 21st Century skills to improve student engagement and achievement. Through teacher organization, social learning in and outside the classroom, and creative ways to gauge student involvement and understanding, educators leave this course with several resources and tools for immediate use. Educators also learn to create and upload videos and audio recordings, use practical ways to project their iPads, and incorporate strategies for presentations. Aligned with Colorado State Standards, this course fulfills the International Society for Technology in Education’s standards to enhance education through technology.

EDUCATION
Animated Reading, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Vocabulary in the Content Areas for All

Maria Wiesner
EDUC 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15228
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Are you frustrated with students that don't have strong enough reading skills to handle your content course? Do you wish you could be more effective in the delivery of content for all levels of learners? This course is for you! First, kick start your personal creativity to enliven your classroom by tapping into your Creative Self!  Once lines of creativity are open, participants learn interactive strategies in a collaborative way which propels your classroom into an extreme learning zone - word strategies your students will beg for, comprehension and critical thinking tactics that really work. An experienced educator of 25 years unlocks the mysteries of helping teachers to solve the biggest problem in content area courses - How to use sound reading research as the back drop to make your content sing by learning multiple reading content area strategies that enable more highly effective content teaching. In addition, participants have work time to create and mesh the concepts into your teaching situation and access to the instructor as your guide.

Creating Safe, Inclusive and Respectful Classrooms for Diverse Students
Tara M. Gray
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15229
Friday – Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
This hands-on course gives teachers classroom activities designed to meet Colorado’s Teacher Evaluation Rubric Quality Standard II. It is designed specifically for K-12 educators to enhance their instructional practices by embedding the Colorado Emotional and Social Wellness Standards into the classroom.  This course prepares teachers to design and implement lesson plans and techniques to develop a positive classroom community, including classroom lessons on the topics of Developing Positive Classroom Communities, Respecting and Appreciating Diversity and Individual Differences, Problem Solving Skills, Friendship, Conflict Resolution and Bullying.  Participants actively engage in simulated classroom teaching experiences and learn the research that proves social-emotional learning improves academic performance by increasing students’ capacity for learning.  

Engaging all Learners: Strategies that Motivate Students to Love Learning and School
Kathy King-Dickman
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15230
Monday – Thursday, 1:00-5:00pm
Grading: A-F
Do you dream of a classroom where each and every student is engaged and actively learning at all times? Do you long for a classroom where the students, and not YOU, are doing the thinking work?  Do you wish you had the power to keep students focused and learning every second they are with you? With the advent of the new Common Core State Standards, active learning is at the forefront; learners are expected to think deeply, listen attentively and converse at high levels starting with the youngest of learners. This class shows you how to design lessons that engage all levels of learners for long blocks of time. Learn to use discussion strategies that heighten engagement and content area reading strategies that support different levels of readers. Experiment with many movement activities. Examine how your language can disengage or motivate all the students in your classroom. Learn all of these strategies in a fun learning centered classroom facilitated by a teacher who has, for 32 years, talked students into believing they are brilliant and capable. 

Fundamentals of Service Learning in the K-12 Classroom (CANCELLED)
Jenny Whitacre
EDUC 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15231
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Service learning is an approach used to enrich teaching and learning that integrates academic standards with meaningful community service.  Students and teachers work together to address real community needs.  A growing body of research shows that students engaged in service learning gain skills such as collaboration, thinking critically, and problem solving. This course goes over the fundamentals of service learning and the benefits of implementing it into the K-12 classroom.  An analysis of already existing service learning projects guides the participant in developing potential standards based, service learning projects to use in their own classroom.
 

Integrating Creativity and Technology into your Everyday Teaching Practices
Kathie Powell and Cindy McKee
EDUC 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15232
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This workshop, inspired by the film Most Likely to Succeed, Sir Ken Robinson's Ted Talk, "Changing Education Paradigms", and the work of Tony Wagner, offers teachers an environment in which they can collaborate and create real units and projects to take back to their classrooms.  The instructors coach participants in the use of G-Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education), effective web applications for all levels, and Project-Based Learning. The Professional Learning Communities that begin in the workshop are a valuable resource for participants well beyond the summer workshop. Completion of the course prepares participants to pass Level 1 of Google Educators certification (optional). Participants should bring laptops if possible, but lab computers will be available.

Play to Learn: Games Across the Curriculum
Karen Hausdoerffer and Rita Merrigan
EDUC 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15233
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Research confirms what great teachers know: play reinforces learning, improves classroom management and stimulates cognitive growth.  But with increasing pressures on standards and tests, how do teachers incorporate games into content learning?  In this class, the instructors share hands-on ideas for using games and play for every subject and grade level. These strategies are particularly effective for ELL students, for varied learning styles, and for learners with diverse needs.  The instructors offer raw material --movement games, team-building games, subject review games, warm-up games, magic tricks, drama games and more. Participants offer the connections --how can these techniques apply to each unique classroom setting?  These learning games boost student success in content knowledge, social interaction, communication skills, intrapersonal skills, and critical and analytical thinking.  Applications include, but are not limited to: literacy, history, science, drama, writing, vocabulary, spelling, content review, foreign language, classroom social interactions, problem solving, music, and mathematics.  Participants should come willing to move around, laugh, act, take risks, and have fun together. 

Resilience and the Hero's Journey  (CANCELLED)
Sherry Grazda
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15234
Monday – Thursday, 1:00-5:00pm
Grading: S/U
Why do some children with major life challenges succeed in academic life and careers while others do not reach their potential? One key is being able to successfully cross the boundary between home life and the academic life of school. For many children, life is a hero’s journey where they have to navigate two very different worlds every day. This class helps teachers understand the positive difference that their language and actions in the classroom can make for students experiencing trauma, especially ongoing, chronic trauma. Based on Peter Johnston’s books, Choice Words and Opening Minds, as well as the research surrounding asset building and Adverse Childhood Experiences, this class provides specific guidelines and tools for working with children experiencing trauma. This class also incorporates literature, non-fiction, and writing to examine the concept of resilience and provides teachers with specific instructional strategies that benefit all students.

The Wonder of Math
Linda Moore-Owlsey and Edith Cranor-Buck
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15236
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-Noon
Grading: A-F
The possibilities for creating “wonder” in the Math classroom are endless!  Think of the playful explorations children could have in the study of number.  Think of the experience in crafting problems that stimulate engagement and enjoyment while challenging the young mathematical mind. Think of excited children taking on the role of “teacher” and sharing their conclusions after completing the hard work of solving a thoughtful problem.  Come join this class and help create the possibilities of “wonder.”  This class is taught within the framework of “Math Workshop,” a vehicle for strengthening number work, problem solving and conceptual understandings.

Words for Life: Powerful Vocabulary Instruction for All Learners  (CANCELLED)
Sherry Grazda
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15238
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-Noon
Grading: S/U
This class provides educators with a research-based foundation and instructional repertoire for helping children ‘own’ words. Participants gain deep understanding and expertise in how to choose words for instruction, introduce those words, and provide multiple exposures across various contexts through daily direct instruction. Three sections of the class are: direct instruction with words from literature, direct instruction with groups of words from informational text (includes academic vocabulary), and direct instruction of strategies that help students learn words from naturally occurring text. Based on enduring best practices and also latest research findings, this course empowers educators of all grades K-12, including ELL, SPED, and G/T to implement daily practices that make a difference in children’s lives. Using this approach, teachers can easily construct lessons that allow them to be creative and to differentiate for their student population, teaching assignment, and adopted curriculum. The academic gap is a vocabulary gap, and teachers can reduce and even eliminate the gap through the powerful vocabulary instruction strategies learned in this course.

GEOGRAPHY
Escape the Zombie Apocalypse (CANCELLED)

Holly Brunkal
GEOG 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15239
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-Noon
Grading: A-F
“Map reading skills to escape the Zombie Apocalypse", or other disaster of your choosing, is a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style 8 “episode” course designed to engage students in geography and map reading. The 8 exercises presented challenge your team while following the story arc of planning and executing an escape using digital technology and 'old school' paper maps. Each episode tackles a new problem with new skills, including calculations of distance, direction, speed, gradient, creating topographic profiles, and route finding. Challenges include locating resources and refuge with different grid systems - Lat/long, UTMs, and PLSS, as well as understanding topography and its relation to the underlying geology. The ultimate goal is to escape an ever-growing radius of threat from the zombie apocalypse; (or your chosen threat), the location of the end point or goal is easily modified. This course focuses on Colorado geography and geology, but can be modified for any area of interest. Side quests and goals can be incorporated to focus on other specialties such as history, biology, meteorology, math, English/creative writing, water resources, etc. This course is designed for the integration of science, math, history, technology, teamwork and problem solving.

HISTORY
History of the Western Slope

Duane Vandenbusche
HIST 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15243
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: A-F
Engage in a study of the western one third of Colorado – the Western Slope. Coverage is given to the impact of geography, Ute Indians, Spanish, fur trade, explorers, placer and hard rock miners, railroads, ranching, water and recreation – highlighted by skiing. Emphasis is also given to the problems and trends of western Colorado in the 21st Century. Field trips are an integral part of the course.  

RECREATION AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Colorado Rockies Alpine Backpacking for Educators
Colorado Outward Bound Instructors
ROE 510, 2 credits, CRN: 15182
Cost: $260 credit cost plus $1,995 course fee
 Monday – Monday, All-day, Backcountry
Grading: A-F
This 8-day wilderness experience is designed to give primary, secondary, and college educators an introduction to the Colorado Outward Bound School’s model of experiential education. The aim of this course is to offer educators a chance to re-examine attitudes and approaches around education, learn new teaching strategies from peers and instructors, to reinvigorate a love of teaching, as well as network with other education professionals. Learn how the experiential nature of the Outward Bound curriculum provides opportunities to illuminate beliefs and attitudes toward trust, commitment, communication, roles, and appropriate risk taking. The course also offers methods to develop metaphors and process adventure based experiences in order to transfer the self-confidence, compassion and personal growth back to your professional lives and classrooms. Successful completion of this course demands tenacity, leadership and compassion. Leave the course with a new-found strength that can help you through everyday situations, a new-found inspiring educator’s voice and a stronger leadership ability. Please register and pay for the COBS course directly at cobs.org and pay for the credit through Western Extended Studies.  

SCIENCE
Audubon Rockies Flying WILD: Mist Netting/Bird Banding
(New Dates)
Keith Bruno, Jacelyn Downey, and Dusty Downey           
SCI 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15245
Tuesday-Wednesday 8:00am-6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: S/U
Workshop participants gain hands-on experience by actively participating in a range of example activities selected from the Flying WILD activity guide, and by participating in actual bird banding with Audubon Rockies expert staff. These example activities are purposely selected to expose participants to the wide variety of activities available in the guide. Post-activity discussions allow participants to share how they might use the activities in their educational efforts, or take advantage of various activity extensions to adapt the activity to their particular needs. Participants also learn first-hand about citizen science opportunities including Audubon Rockies Bird Banding Program. Participants help put up mist nets, collect information about captured birds, and release the birds back into the wild. These opportunities give teachers real scientific data that can be translated and brought into the classroom. It also opens the door to using citizen science as a vehicle for science education.

Field Course in the Rocky Mountains (CANCELLED)
Joseph L. Fox
SCI 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15249
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, Field trips and overnight stays in Lake City, CO
Grading: A-F
The wildlife of the Rocky Mountains is a very diverse assemblage of animals that we try to “manage” in a wide variety of habitats, with many different factors affecting their distribution and abundance. In this course, participants take the opportunity to view wildlife and learn about their basic needs as well as major conservation challenges and solutions. From endangered species to sometimes over-abundant herds, the course prepares you to share objective knowledge about the challenges of biodiversity conservation. Current conservation issues have their roots in the history of human use in the Rocky Mountains. Consider the consequences of that history with on-site visits to areas of current conservation interest (with local agency personnel and other experts). The class illuminates some of the local conservation issues with comparison to similar scenarios currently unfolding on the Tibetan Plateau (where the course instructor conducted research for 15 years). This class is based out of Lake City, CO, an hour south of Gunnison on HWY 149. Van transportation will be available for Lake City field trips.  If lodging is needed, participants should make a reservation at G & M Cabins, 866.204.6344. Teacher Institute participants will be roomed with other Teacher Institute participants for $35+/night plus tax (depending on cabin size). Lodging reservations should be made for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. Please pay G & M Cabins directly for the lodging. Grocery stores and restaurants are available in Lake City. 

Rocky Mountain Flora (CLASS FULL)
Robin Bingham
SCI 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15248
Thursday - Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: S/U
This field course focuses on field identification and ecology of plants of the Rocky Mountains.  Topics covered include the diversity and ecology of plant communities in the region, characteristics of common plant families and the use of a dichotomous key.  Emphasis is on field identification of wildflowers.

Week 2: June 19 – 22

ART
Bookbinding and Watercolor Painting

Tina Butterfield
ART 510, 2 credits, $260 plus $15 materials fee, CRN: 15250
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: A-F
This is a beginning course for non-artists exploring bookbinding and watercolor painting.  If you have no art experience but would love to learn the basics of creating a hardbound sketchbook and then learn basic watercolor painting techniques, then this course is for you.  After completing a traditionally bound sketchbook, the participants explore the beautiful scenery around the Gunnison Valley by creating watercolor paintings in sketchbooks while on location.  Learn basic watercolor skills hands-on by completing sketches in the field.  These sketches allow you to learn the basics of composition and color theory while enjoying the outdoor scenery.  This course also gives teachers the confidence to incorporate basic drawing, watercolor, bookbinding, and overall art terms and techniques into one’s own lesson plans and classroom.  

COMMUNICATION ARTS
Effectively Enhancing Education through Technology  (CANCELLED)

Melissa Myser
COM ARTS 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15251
 Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This course is designed with the K-12 educator in mind. Participants in this course develop the skills, vocabulary, and projects to support their classroom curriculum already in use. Throughout this course, educators learn 21st Century skills to improve student achievement. Through social learning, online communication and organization, and engaging media in the classroom, educators leave this course with eight new digital resources and tools for immediate use. Educators also learn how to record and upload movies and audio recordings to their class website and other host sites. Aligned with Colorado State Standards, this course fulfills the International Society for Technology in Education’s Standards to enhance education through technology.

EDUCATION
Exploring Student-Centered Learning

Jenny Whitacre
EDUC 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15255
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This course is about revolutionizing how we teach as educators.  The participants explore foundations in student-centered learning, and how technology plays a role in the future of classrooms and in education in general.  This course includes discussions and explorations around the technology readiness of the school districts in which they are most closely aligned.  Technology tools/platforms used in education are also evaluated and the participants are given the opportunity to individualize their technology tool box based on their own subject matter and grade taught.  The culminating component of this course is that each participant designs a student-centered unit plan to be implemented into their own curriculum in the following school year.

iPads in the Classroom
Kathie Powell
EDUC 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15256
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Materials:  Participants should bring an iPad if possible and a laptop is optional.  There will be iPads available to borrow and desktop computers to use at the school.
This class introduces teachers to use iPads effectively in the classroom.  An in-depth look at the settings and features are included, along with how teachers can use iPads with just one per class; a small number of iPads per class; and/or an iPad cart.  The different topics explored during the class include:  1) all of the iWork apps (such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote); 2) the iLife suite of iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto; 3) all of the G Suite (Google) apps for iPad; 4) mobile assessment review for both the teacher and the student.  The class focuses on bringing the teacher through a student centered project from start to finish, including content and delivery; collaboration and productivity; note taking and content collection; study and research tools; and creating and sharing.  Teachers also engage in discussion and sharing of best practices using iPads.  Finally, teachers leave with an implementation plan and with student centered examples and teacher resources to use iPads effectively in their classrooms.

Keeping it Fresh! How to be a Career Educator and Enjoy it!
Maria Wiesner
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15253
Monday – Tuesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
This course is for the new teacher to the veteran and everyone in between!  Learn how to make the most of your career in education. Learn tips to make more money in your spare time and off season (keeping the bills paid!) and making a name for yourself instructing workshops and staff development (thinking outside the box) to learning how to compartmentalize the issues and responsibilities that educators are challenged with on a daily basis. Learn from a 25 year veteran how to stay fresh (mentally and physically) and focused and how to make this a lasting career and the benefits of doing so!  Be amazed at how gratifying a teaching career can be and once you have this thorough list of ideas - you will find it is easy!

The World is a Classroom (Travel to Guatemala)
Steve Foster, Karen Immerso
EDUC 510, 3 credits, $375
Cost: $375 credit cost plus $1,795 course fee for all expenses except for international airfare
June 18 – July 1, 2017 (CRN: 15184 ) OR July 2 – July 15, 2017 (CRN: 15185)
Deadline for registering with spanish4educators.org is Friday, March 31, 2017.
Grading: A-F
This travel course helps educators develop a deeper understanding of the foundations of language and culture as part of a 2-week immersion program in Guatemala – specifically for educators. The cultural immersion component focuses on language and culture – specifically for the purpose of enhancing classroom instruction.  This learning opportunity provides the participant with hands-on learning experiences and activities that cannot be easily duplicated in the traditional classroom. Participants engage in conversations related to the places they visit and apply learning through various activities based exclusively on the sites visited. Included in the program costs are 20 hours of private Spanish instruction per week, family homestay plus meals, Guatemalan school shadowing, cultural activities and excursions, all transfers, and ground transportation. Please register and pay for the travel portion of the course directly through spanish4educators.org and register and pay for the credit through Extended Studies.

ENGLISH
Journaling in the Classroom

Liz Smith
ENG 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15257
Monday –  Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Grading: A-F
Academic research has established a beneficial connection between journaling in the classroom and overall performance in student writing, but incorporating journals into core curriculum poses several challenges — especially for teachers in public schools.  Most teachers have a volume of students that makes lugging around composition books for evaluation impractical. In this course, teachers learn how to make journals a centerpiece of pedagogy and curriculum, and learn how to evaluate student journals without physically collecting them. Thus, participants learn effective methods for journaling in the classroom that do not increase the burden on teachers. The curriculum for this course includes strategies, derived from composition studies, for using journals to reinforce Common Core State Standards, facilitate effective peer review, enhance note-taking and active reading strategies, and empower students to develop their own questions for writing assignments and class discussion. Teachers leave with lesson plans that enable them to incorporate transformative journaling techniques in their own classrooms. Participants are required to complete an assignment that the instructor will email prior to the first day because the class will not begin meeting face-to-face until 1pm on Tuesday, June 20. The instructor is returning to Gunnison from professional travel on Monday, June 19.  

The Keys to the Treasure Chest: Teaching Middle and High School Students the Craft of Poetry  (CANCELLED)             
David J. Rothman
ENG 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15258
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Like every other art, poetry has a technique, and the foundational technique of poetry is meter. As Dorothy Parker once quipped, “Say my verses do not scan / And I find me another man.” This course, taught by the director of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, gives teachers the tools to introduce their students to all the major meters in English, from the ballad, to blank verse, to free verse and more. We read the forms, learn their history and mechanics, practice them, and also discuss pedagogical techniques for presenting them to students. In the end, teachers learn how to engage students in the study of poetic form, whether in creative writing units or literature classes generally, giving them tools both for understanding and for creativity.

ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Gunnison River Teacher Institute
Sarah Johnson
ENVS 510, 3 credits, $375 + $40 course fee + $150 for Workshop, CRN: 15254
Monday – Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: A-F
Learn how to incorporate rivers into your curriculum, creating relevant context and connections for your students. This five-day, field-based course includes water management, river ecology, fisheries, and geography of the Colorado River Basin. Rivers are the basis of our Colorado livelihoods and are critical to the future of our students and communities. Our natural affinity to water makes rivers and watersheds a useful and familiar context for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning. Field experiences include a Morrow Point Reservoir boat tour, Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery tour, Gunnison River ecology field day, and a visit to Coldharbour Institute. The second part of the week incorporates participation in the Colorado Water Workshop conference engaging with water resource professionals from across Colorado. Participants must register for the Colorado Water Workshop to earn 3 ENVS credits.
(All meals are included beginning Wednesday at noon; 3 credit course fee of $375; additional $40 course fee plus additional fee of $150 (50% discount) for Colorado Water Workshop. Total cost is $565.)

HISTORY
Franklin and the Colonial World

John Spierling
HIST 510, 2 credits, $260, CRN: 15259
Monday – Wednesday 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Materials: Please bring a laptop to class.
The purpose of the course is to explore the colonial world and the Atlantic trade using Ben Franklin as a case study to examine many of the currents of the colonial period prior to the American Revolution. Topics of religion, commerce, political growth, and the growing influence of the Enlightenment offer topics to explore and then create lessons to understand how the colonies became increasingly developed. Along the way, the class dives into the uses of Google Apps as an educational toolkit for engaging our increasingly screen oriented student. Participants must set up a Google account prior to the start of class. 

MATH
Statistics: Content and Pedagogy (CANCELLED)
Marilyn Stor
MATH 510, 1 credit $150. CRN: 15260
Monday – Tuesday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Experiment with classroom ready, hands-on activities of everyday events to reveal the theory of probability and statistics as your own understanding of data analysis topics is enhanced. This course is designed for personal learning and professional development in the Mathematics Content Standards addressing probability, statistics, and data. Exploration of conceptual and theoretical development of these standards using instructional strategies that translate into classroom tasks and learning activities. Experience and create engaging data analysis tasks which lead to an instructional unit (5-10 days) for classroom use to support Common Core Standards for grades 7-12.

50 Ways to Enhance Your Grades 7-12 Mathematics Lessons (CANCELLED)
Marilyn Stor
Math 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15261
Wednesday – Thursday, 8:00am-6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Make math class the best party in town! Participants analyze current lessons for rigor and relevance and then enhance those lessons with research-based instructional strategies, game formats, activities to address content and mathematical practice standards, and student self-assessment. Ideas and new instructional units, written outside of class time are shared with class participants. Get a jump start on your lessons for next year. 

PHILOSOPHY
Teaching and a Philosophical Mind  (CANCELLED)

Eric Newson
PHIL 510, 1 credit, $150, CRN: 15262
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am-Noon
Grading: A-F
As educators we are exposed to a cacophony of information about new teaching techniques, best practices, and the importance of test scores.  In many cases this does nothing but increase the noise and confusion about our jobs as educators.   What this class does is examine the time honored ideas of Socrates, Nietzsche, Confucius, and Lao-tzu to see how they might be applicable to education in general, and in particular, our classrooms.  See how Socrates’ search for truth can add spirituality to a base and material educational system.  Understand how Confucius’ notion of Jen and Li can bring humanity and a thirst for knowledge to an environment that encourages cheating based on the importance of test scores.  Take Nietzsche’s concept of the Ubermensche to transcend a Master/Slave relationship with students and establish true creativity and tolerance in the classroom.  The ideas of Lao-tzu provide educators the ability to see all students as a box of chocolates.  While some of them are tastier than others, they are all sweet.  Ten years of teaching philosophy and applying these ideas in the classroom has given me a unique perspective on education that I would like to share with you.  No prior knowledge is necessary.  All you’ll need is a love of music, movies, and a willingness to reflect on your teaching and the school year.

July 19-23, 2017: Writing the Rockies Conference
Can’t attend the Summer Teacher Institute? Come to Western July 19-23, 2017, to attend the Writing the Rockies conference and earn one to three 500-level English graduate credits. This course is designed for teachers and provides enrolled teachers the opportunity to earn graduate credit as a result in their participation in the Writing the Rockies Conference.  Participants attend a wide array of writing workshops, panel discussions, and readings offered by professionals in genre fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and publishing. Participants then write a report documenting their experience and, depending on the amount of credit desired, generate between ten and twenty pages of original work based on sessions attended at the conference.