Summer Teacher Institute 2018

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WESTERN'S 14TH SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE

**June 11 - 23, 2018**

Spend up to 2 weeks on the beautiful campus of Western State Colorado University in the Rocky Mountains. Be engaged in affordable, high quality professional development courses for educators.  Courses are available for 1, 2, and 3 500-level graduate credits. 

All course are hands-on, rooted in best practices, and topics are focused on pedagogy as well as specialty subjects for the the interested educator.  Field trip courses are also available. 

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The Summer Teacher Institute provides opportunities for educators to enhance content knowledge, share pedagogy, and network with educators 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 subjects. 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 follows the credit standards as established by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education has set standards defining a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by
evidence of student achievement. Western’s assigned credit hours are consistent with the Federal definition of a credit hour and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s established minimum class times for credit courses. Student achievement is an institutionally
established equivalency that reasonably approximates a total of 45 hours of instruction between in class and out of class work per credit. The Teacher Institute courses have outside class requirements that meet these U.S. Department of Education standards.

Week One Courses

June 11 - 16, 2018

ART 510: Bookbinding and Sketchbook Drawing taught by Tina Butterfield

ART 510, 2 Credits, $260 + $15 materials fee, CRN 15418 QUI 249
Thursday- Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
A beginning course for non-artists exploring bookbinding and sketchbook drawing. If you have no art experience, but would love to learn the basics of creating your own hardbound sketchbook and then learn basic drawing techniques, this course is for you. After completing a traditionally bound sketchbook, students explore the beautiful scenery around the Gunnison Valley by creating sketchbook drawings on location. Teachers learn basic drawing skills hands-on by completing sketches in the field. These sketches allow students to learn the basics of composition and color theory while enjoying the outdoor scenery. This course also gives students the confidence to incorporate basic drawing, bookbinding, and overall art terms and techniques in their own lesson plans and classroom.

Field Trip Gear List:

Day Pack Essentials:

  • Water 32 oz.
  • Snack Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses 

Appropriate Attire:

  • Jacket 
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain Gear

Optional Items:

  • Camp Chair

ART 510: Literacy through Art taught by Rain Bodine - FULL

 

ART 510, 2 Credits, $260 + $10 materials fee, CRN 15419 QUI 245   Moved to Gunnison Elementary School, Room D105.
Monday- Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Explore literacy through a creative approach. When students demonstrate their understanding through artistic production, the information learned is retained and transferred. Teachers expand their understanding and enhance classroom engagement through creative projects that incorporate poetry, story, and personal narrative. Projects and lesson plan examples include Haiku paintings, Spirit Animal typography, Narrative Collage, and Dream Boxes.

EDUC 510: Everything Google! taught by Cindy McKee and Kathie Powell

EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15421 TAY 201
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am – 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Up your Google Game! This course covers all G-Suite and Google Classroom tools and tricks to make your classroom (and your life!) run more smoothly. This course is appropriate for ALL LEVELS of Google users and upon completion, participants are prepared to pass the Level One-Google Certified Educator test and advanced users are prepared to pass the Level Two exam. Taking the certification exam is OPTIONAL. Google certified educators can confidently “implement G-Suite into their classrooms to enhance teaching and learning,” according to Google. Class participants must have either a personal or school district Google account for this class. The instructors can help create one on the first day, if necessary. Participants may bring a laptop, but computers are available for class use.

EDUC 510: Ignite your Literacy Block with STEM taught by Keely Moran

EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15422 TAY 100
Thursday-Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Teachers explore how STEM can be embedded in the classroom, specifically into the literacy block to increase engagement, critical thinking, problem solving, and literacy skills. Class participants must bring their own laptop with Google Drive account set up. Ipads or tablets are optional.

EDUC 510:Second Language Teaching Strategies for the Everyday Classroom taught by Alli Gomez and Erin Thompson

 EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15423 TAY 104
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Teachers experience a variety of content-based activities that are designed for second language learners at various points in any instructional unit. These strategies are best practices for all teachers and are developed for English Language Learners and World Language classes. Teachers discover how to personalize and differentiate for diverse learners. Teachers utilize appropriate technologies to effectively support students in the classroom. Teachers adapt or create an activity that they can apply in their own classroom.

EDUC 510: Teaching with Technology & Universal Design for Learning taught by Kathie Power and Cindy McKee

EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 14525 TAY 105
Thursday- Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This course focuses on differentiating and integrating technology to enhance learning for every student. Teachers who complete Ms. Powell and Ms. McKee’s Everything Google! class can take this class to extend their learning - the classes complement each other. However, Everything Google! IS NOT A PREREQUSITE. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for developing lessons and curriculum that give every student an equal opportunity to learn. Technology integration is a key aspect of UDL and in this course, participants can learn to use the Universal Design for Learning model to create lessons and units that work for every student. Participants may bring their laptops, but computers are available to use in class.

ENG 510: Becoming a Better Writing Instructor: Writing Instruction for the 21st Century taught by Kathy King-Dickman

ENG 510, 1 Credit, $150, CRN 15426 HUR 113
Monday – Thursday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Grading: A-F
Learn to instruct students in the genres of the Common Core Standards and Colorado Standards: Narrative (fiction and personal), Informative (procedures and reports), Argument (persuasive and literary essays), as well as poetry. Classroom researched activities from kindergarten level to eighth grade are shared. Yes! Children as young as five can write persuasive arguments and reports. Learn the strategies that earned Moffat Middle School three awards on the Colorado Writing Assessment. Participate in this workshop as a real writer while learning to teach students to write freely and creatively and then turn that writing into carefully planned and organized pieces. Help students fall in love with writing: develop eighth graders who spend the summer writing, fifth graders who beg to take their writing to recess, and kindergartners who fuss if you skip writing time. Each participant is given an entire year of lesson plans from the instructor’s For the Love of Writing units. The week is spent learning to follow this enticing curriculum as well as discovering how to set up your own genre units in writing. Return to school in the fall with the knowledge to teach writing well, lesson plans to keep you on track, and a lifelong mentor to email when the going gets rough!

POLS 510: American Government & Effective Advocacy taught by Sarah Coleman

POLS 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15431 KEL 103
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: S/U
This course provides an overview of the American system of government and provides tools for effectively engaging the government. First, the course teaches educators how to recognize, cite, and interpret primary legal authority. Second, the course provides an overview of how the federal and state governments interact, how the branches of the government interact, and how the government interacts with individuals. Finally, the course helps teachers gain tools for effectively engaging the government to influence policy. Teachers develop lessons plans to implement course materials.

HIST 510: History of the American West taught by Duane Vandenbusche

HIST 510, 2 Credits, $260 +$10 course fee, CRN 15429 KEL 121
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: A-F
Participants explore the history of the American West from the 1600’s to the present, emphasizing Native Americans, Spanish, fur trading frontier, explorers, mining and cattle frontiers, and railroads. All sections of the American West-Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Northwest, Southwest, and California are covered. The “New West” of today is also emphasized including topics such as water, tourism, skiing, and development.

MATH 510: For the Love of Math taught by Linda Moore Owsley and Edith Cranor-Buck

MATH 510, 1 Credit, $150, CRN 15430 HUR 113
Monday – Thursday, 8:00am - Noon
Grading: A-F
When I was a young girl, my mother used to come into the house after a noisy day of teaching and say, “For the love of Pete, could you quiet down in here?” Lately I’ve been thinking about putting a twist on that thought for the delivery of math instruction. Many of our math classrooms have been far too quiet with a prominent singular voice and the sounds of pencils scratching on paper. Someone needs to step inside the door and say, “For the love of Math, could we hear some noise in here?” Come join us as we create the possibilities for a noisy classroom infused with student enthusiasm for number explorations, thoughtful problem solving and voices loud with excitement.

POLS 510: Teaching Empathy through Current Social & Political Issues taught by Maria Struble

POLS 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15432 KEL 201
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
The course is intended to introduce teachers to topics that deal with minority rights, rights of animals and other non sentient creatures and the environment, promoting a pedagogy focused on how to empower ourselves and others to treat each other and our world with greater collective responsibility, empathy and care. The course focuses on one issue (women’s right, environmental advocacy, economic inequality, etc.) each day and provides teachers with a plethora of materials and ideas for how to engage their students with these topics without creating, at the same time, a hostile environment. The course will be mostly focused on the US but will, also, engage with some issues in world politics, as the two are closely related and international success stories when it comes to social change have been and can still be deeply influential when it comes to inspiring and encouraging social justice and change in the United States. This is a hands-on course and it primarily focuses on how to engage students (teachers) in practical ways/lesson ideas that they can take back to their classroom.

SCI 510: Rocky Mountain Flora taught by Robin Bingham

SCI 510, 2 Credits, $260 + $10 course fee, CRN 15435 HUR 136
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: S/U
This course focuses on identification and ecology of plants of the Rocky Mountains. Topics covered include the diversity and ecology of plant communities in the region, use of a dichotomous key, and proper botanical collection and preservation techniques.

Field Trip Gear List:

 Day Pack Essentials:

  • Water 32 oz
  • Lunch
  • Snack Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses 
  • Toilet Paper

Appropriate Attire:

  • Jacket
  • Hat 
  • Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rain gear

Course Requirements Materials:

  • Pen/pencil
  • Notebook

Week Two Courses

June 18 - 23, 2018

ART 510: Creatively Inspired STEAM Projects taught by Rain Bodine

ART 510, 2 Credits, $260 + $10 materials fee, CRN 15436 QUI 234 Moved to Gunnison Elementary School, Room D105.
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
Explore STEAM projects through a creative approach. When students demonstrate their understanding through artistic production, the information learned is retained and transferred. Teachers in this course expand their understanding and enhance classroom engagement through creative projects that incorporate Science, Math, and Engineering. Projects include Scientific Illustration, Sacred Geometry, Biomimicry and Architecture.

EDUC 510: Creating & Using Effective Math taught by Sara Porter

EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $150 +$20 materials fee, CRN 15439 HUR 113
Monday – Tuesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This two-day course is for any teacher who wants to incorporate math games and hands-on activities into their classroom. In this class, teachers first learn a variety of games, puzzles, and activities. Then teachers use the big ideas to create customized games to use within their classroom. Teachers leave this class with a variety of games and activities ready for immediate use. Finally, teachers create a website or blog to provide simple access to supplemental math games, activities, and videos for use in their classroom.

EDUC 510: iPads & Classroom Learning taught by Kathie Powell

EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15440 TAY 228
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
This class assists teachers in using iPads effectively in the classroom. The class focuses on bringing teachers 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 discussions and shares best practices using iPads and relevant apps for content areas and grade levels. Finally, teachers leave with an implementation plan and with student-centered examples and teacher resources to use iPads effectively in their classrooms. Teachers must bring an iPad with them that has space for apps and work. Participants may also bring their
laptop, but computers are available to use in class.

ENVS 510: Western Rivers Teacher Workshop: River Ecology taught by Sarah Johnson - FULL

 

ENVS 510, 2 Credits, $260 + $10 course fee, CRN 15443 HUR 133
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: S/U
Learn how to incorporate rivers into your current curriculum creating relevant context and connections for your students. During this interdisciplinary field-based course, participants will explore the three major components of a river ecosystem: aquatic life, water quality, and riparian habitat. Rivers are the basis or 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 field trips to local riverside parks, Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Physical ability to walk across uneven terrain, stand for long durations, and carry equipment is highly suggested. Be prepared to complete engaging out-of-class assignments to fulfill course requirements.

ENVS 510: Western Rivers Teacher Workshop: Water Management taught by Sarah Johnson FULL

ENVS 510, 1 Credit, $150 + $10 course fee, CRN 15444 HUR 133
Thursday – Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm, Field Trip
Grading: S/U
Learn how to incorporate river management into your current curriculum creating relevant context and connections for your students. During this interdisciplinary field-based course participants will explore western water management, water law, and watershed geography. Rivers are the basis or 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 Blue Mesa Dam and Hydropower Plant tour and Taylor Reservoir tour. Physical ability to walk across uneven terrain and stand for long durations is highly suggested. Be prepared to complete engaging out-of-class assignments to fulfill course requirements.

POLS 510: Democracy & Education taught by Maria Struble

POLS 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15446 KEL 129
Monday – Wednesday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: A-F
I believe few of us, as we set into the world of education and as we make this our career, think about what it means to educate young people to be good citizens. My aspirations for this course are to engage teachers and myself in a conversation about what the nature of democracy is, how this is related to what we do in the classroom, how we can better engage our students, no age limits here, in a conversation about being more engaged citizens, more informed young people and more empathetic and open minded men and women. In a word, I want to talk about pedagogy and how it relates to education. How may education have moved away from a model of engaged citizenry, ask questions about what our obligations are to upholding a vibrant democracy and what some alternative ways of teaching and being in our classrooms may be that would help nurture the kinds of young people that we want to see lead the world. This course is partially about what you can teach me, as K-12 educators, and partially about what I can share with you, as a Politics and Government professor at Western, about the role of education in nurturing interested, informed, engaged and enraged (sometimes) young people. The culmination of the course will be designing a symposium on the topic for your school or grade level.

SPAN 510: Spanish Language Learning taught by Karen Immerso

SPAN 510, 2 Credits, $260, CRN 15448 TAY 228
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grading: S/U
Using activities and conversation, students study and speak the Spanish language at a beginner level. This is an active approach for those wanting enough Spanish speaking skills to interact with students and parents within their school in basic conversations. Learn vocabulary, the use of verbs and verb tenses, and enhance your listening and comprehension skills, through practice and communication in a very interactive learning environment. This offering can also model the curricular use of experiential learning activities for classroom situations. This is intended for never-ever Spanish language learners or those who want a review in the language.

EDUC 510: The World is a Classroom (Travel to Guatemala) taught by Steve Foster

EDUC 510, 3 Credits, $375 + $2,099 course fee payable to spanish4educators.org
July 8 –21, 2018 (CRN 15450)
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 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. Register and pay for the travel course directly through spanish4educators.org. Register and pay for the credit through Extended Studies.  PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE CLOSES MARCH 23rd. 

ROE 510: Colorado Rockies Alpine Backing taught by Karen Immerso

ROE 510, 2 Credits, $260 + $2,095 course fee payable to Colorado Outward Bound
June 11 – June 18 (15451), & July 29 – Aug 5 (15452).
Backcountry course
Grading: A-F 
The aim of this course is to offer educators a chance to reexamine attitudes and approaches around education, improve self- esteem and network with other teaching 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. Practice developing metaphors and processing adventure-based experiences in a way that transfers self-confidence, compassion and personal growth back to your professional life and classroom. Learn Leave No Trace camping and travel skills, outdoor cooking techniques, basic first-aid, map and compass use, route finding and how to use an ice axe. Finally, backpack up through the alpine environment and attempt a peak ascent. Please register and pay for the COBS course directly at cobs.org and register and pay for the credit through Extended Studies.

ENG 510: Becoming a Better Writing Instructor: Writing Instruction for the 21st Century taught by Kathy King-Dickman

**Note: This course is being taught at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota**

ENG 510, 1 Credit, $150, CRN 15540
Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Grading: A-F
Learn to instruct students in the genres of the Common Core Standards and Colorado Standards: Narrative (fiction and personal), Informative (procedures and reports), Argument (persuasive and literary essays), as well as poetry. Classroom researched activities from kindergarten level to eighth grade are shared. Yes! Children as young as five can write persuasive arguments and reports. Learn the strategies that earned Moffat Middle School three awards on the Colorado Writing Assessment. Participate in this workshop as a real writer while learning to teach students to write freely and creatively and then turn that writing into carefully planned and organized pieces. Help students fall in love with writing: develop eighth graders who spend the summer writing, fifth graders who beg to take their writing to recess, and kindergartners who fuss if you skip writing time. Each participant is given an entire year of lesson plans from the instructor’s For the Love of Writing units. The week is spent learning to follow this enticing curriculum as well as discovering how to set up your own genre units in writing. Return to school in the fall with the knowledge to teach writing well, lesson plans to keep you on track, and a lifelong mentor to email when the going gets rough!

Tuition Costs and Group Discounts

1 Credit Course $150     2 Credit Course $260     3 Credit Course $375

COURSE MATERIAL FEES

Some courses may have additional course or material fees listed. These fees cover additional expenses associated with the course, such as field trips, classroom materials, and supplies. These fees are not eligible for the group discount described below.

GROUP TUITION DISCOUNTS

By attending the Summer Teacher Institute with colleagues, you will be able to grow as individuals and as a team. Teams registered by May 18, 2018, will receive 10% off tuition for each person registered, up to a 50% discount.  Group discount is on tuition only and excludes materials fee and course fees.

*Team registrations must be listed on the registration form.
Examples:
2 teachers on a team: 10 percent x 2 = 20 percent discount off tuition for both teachers
5 teachers on a team: 10 percent x 5 = 50 percent discount off tuition for all 5 teachers

TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS

Information regarding textbooks and materials can be found on the web at western.edu/es

COURSE CANCELLATION POLICY

Extended Studies reserves the right to cancel courses based on low enrollments. Early registration is encouraged in order to accurately evaluate enrollments. Extended Studies will begin canceling courses the week of May 21. Participants enrolled in courses which are canceled will be contacted and issued full refunds for the canceled course(s). We encourage participants to select a different class. No refunds after June 1, 2018.

Lodging/Housing

From campgrounds and riverside cabins to full-service motels and bed and breakfasts, you’ll find plenty of lodging options in Gunnison and Crested Butte. A full list of accommodations is available on the Gunnison (gunnisonco.com) and Crested Butte chambers of commerce (crestedbuttechamber.com) websites.
There are a limited number of beds available on campus in the Pinnacles Apartments. The Pinnacles are apartments where each teacher will have his or her own bedroom, but will share a bathroom, living room, and kitchen with other teachers. They are available on a weekly basis. Please see the online housing reservation form at western.edu/sti2018housing for more information.

Child Care

The Tenderfoot Child and Family Development Center will provide quality child care for the children of Summer Teacher Institute participants. Tenderfoot is a state-licensed child care facility located on Western’s campus. Children ages 2 1/2 (and potty trained) to 12 are welcome, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visiting children will be included in the summer preschool and school-aged child care programs.
Daily rates include a nutritious morning and afternoon snack and complete lunch. Reservations for child care must be made by June 1 by calling Tenderfoot at 970.943.3273. Spaces are limited.

Registration Information

Click here to register!

Important Dates to Remember: 

  • Registration Deadline is June 1, 2018
  • Registration with a group for a group discount is May 18, 2018
  • No refunds after June 1, 2018
  • Course cancellation due to low enrollment starts the week of May 21, 2018. Early registration is encouraged.
  • Reservation deadline for on-campus housing is June 1, 2018 

Do you need on-campus housing?  Accommodations are available in the Pinnacles residence hall apartments.   You will have a private room in a shared apartment.  Private apartments are not available.  Reservation deadline is June 1, 2018.   Click here to register.

ON-CAMPUS Housing PRICES

WEEK ONE

OptionsDatesCostCheck In/Check Out
Option 1 June 10 - 14, 2018$180Check in Sunday at 5pm/Check out Thursday at 8am
Option 2June 13 - 17, 2018$180Check in Wednesday at 5pm/ Check out Sunday at 8am
Option 3June 10 - 17, 2018$300Check in Sunday at 5pm/Check out Sunday at 8am

WEEK TWO 

DatesCostCheck In/Check Out
June 17 - 22, 2018$220Check in Sunday at 5pm/Check out Friday at 8am

WEEK ONE AND WEEK TWO

DatesCostCheck In/Check Out
June 10 - 22, 2018$500Check in Sunday at 5pm/Check out Friday at 8am

*The Ann D. Zugelder Summer Teacher Institute Endowment helps make the Summer Teacher Institute possible.