TEACHER INSTITUTE 2020

Mark your Calendars for Western's 16th Summer Teacher Institute. June 08-20, 2020.

The Teacher Institute provides opportunities for educators to enhance content knowledge, share pedagogy and network with educators from throughout Colorado and beyond.

The 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.

The Teacher Institute is made possible through funds provided by the Ann Zugelder Endowment. This allows us to offer a discount of 20% for districts with 2 teachers, and a discount of 50% for districts of 3 or more. New this year: Any past participant of the Teacher Institute can be an Ambassador for TI to earn free credits.  If you refer 5 teachers to register for a class you get one free class.  If you refer 10 teachers to register for a class you get two free classes.  You simply will need to tell friends/teachers to refer you when they complete their registrations. 

We offer courses that meet CDE’s new English Learner PD requirements (CLD). Look for courses marked with a ' * '. If you have further questions about courses or the requirement, please contact Jenny Whitacre, STI Director.'

*Registration for the 2020 Teacher Institute will be available by mid-February 2020.*

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Week 1: June 10-15

Education

*Creative ELL Strategies

Instructor: Rain Bodine *This course is now fully booked. Please call to be placed on the wait list.* 

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15660
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Explore creative techniques to reach and expand your ELL student’s engagement while earning CLD (Culturally Linguistically Diverse) credit. Using concepts found in folk art, assemblage and symbology we will produce 4 hands-on projects that can be adapted to any classroom. We will explore cultural imagery, discussing what unites us and what makes us unique.  The creative projects include connections to language acquisition and cultural acceptance through awareness and personal reflection.

Design Thinking & Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Instructor: Keely Moran

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits $330, CRN 15652
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

In this course, participants will explore design thinking and STEM.  Design thinking is a process of solving problems through exploration, designing, creating, testing and revising.  The purpose of design thinking is to empower students while increasing engagement, critical thinking, problem solving and literacy skills. Students will develop a unit for the upcoming school year that embeds STEM and design thinking in the classroom, specifically in the literacy block. 

Developing Effective Literacy Circles/Book Clubs

Instructor: Kathy King-Dickman

  • EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $165, CRN 15653
  • Monday-Thursday 1-5 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

In this course, participants will learn to run dynamic literature circles that feel like adult book clubs for their students.  Learn how to engage children from second grade to high school in ways that enrich the reading experience while allowing you to assess each student as a group member and individual reader.  Inspire and motivate students in your class to read critically so that they can bring diverse thinking to the group.  Additionally, participants will learn how to talk with their students about using evidence from text to share and prove their thinking, as well as walking away with new thoughts of their own.  Many mini lesson ideas will be addressed in this course as well and the participant will learn how to tailor to the exact skill each group needs to enhance their reading, writing about reading and discussion techniques.

Everything Google! – For Beginner and Intermediate Users

Instructors: Kathie Powell & Cindy McKee

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15650
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

This workshop course will support teachers as they learn the G-Suite tools and the many powerful ways to integrate Google (G-Suite) into the classroom. The course will cover Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites and Classroom. Teachers will leave with the confidence to use the G-Suite tools daily and teach them to their students. This course is a great introduction to Google in the classroom. Participants will be prepared to take the Google Certified Educator Level 1 exam (optional).

From Pen Pals to Global Citizens: Empowering the Voice of Very Young Writers as Global Citizens

Instructor: Jean Kirshner. *This course has been cancelled.*

  • EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $165 + $5 course fee, CRN 15654
  • Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

This course will give elementary school teachers the skills to empower students to become global citizens who will come to understand the power of their own voices through writing. Yes, the very young writer can become a global citizen!  Utilizing Colorado State Academic Standards for both writing and social studies, as well as Common Core State Standards, teachers will come away with specific strategies not only to develop writing and thinking skills, but to bring the world to the pencil tips of their students. This class will provide hands-on activities regarding strategies that will help your students reach out to other writers across the country and globe. We will discuss and try out tasks and activities that will help young writers’ understand themselves and communicate who they are in a purposeful ways to their global peers.  At the same time, teachers will develop strategies to enhance young writers’ organization, planning, mechanics and voice in their writing. Teachers will return to their classrooms in fall ready to give the world to their students while also teaching them to become effective, purposeful writers.

“I Didn’t Know Science Could be Like This” Transforming STEM Participation Through Project-Based Learning, Design Thinking and Inquiry

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Birmingham

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $10 course fee, CRN 15655
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

Teachers will explore the ways in which instructional strategies such as project based learning, inquiry and design thinking/maker spaces can positively impact student learning and participation in K-12 STEM classrooms. Within this exploration, teachers will reflect on how these strategies could impact their individual classrooms as well as meet the new Colorado State Science Standards.  The course is designed to assist teachers in thinking about how to use these participatory learning strategies in their specific classrooms through opportunities to 1) experience learning through these strategies; 2) collaboratively reflect on the advantages and barriers to implementation; 3) examine how these strategies support student learning toward CO science standards and NGSS and 4) Plan (and receive feedback on) learning experiences for their specific classrooms. The course is open to teachers of all grades who are interested in having their students participate with STEM in engaging and personally meaningful ways.  

Oh I See! Making Student Learning Visible

Instructor: Dr. Ian Renga

  • EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $165, CRN 15656
  • Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

What does learning look like? How might teachers engage school communities in seeing the meaningful work undertaken in the classroom? With so much focus on products, teachers often overlook the process. Yet a lot can be learned through discussing the journey’s steps and missteps. Interactive displays incorporating photos, student insights and work-in-progress can facilitate this learning for students, teachers and parents. In this course, we will consider the theories, tools and strategies for documenting the wonderful things happening as students interact with the curriculum and each other. Resources from Reggio Emilia and the Making Learning Visible (MLV) Project at Harvard’s Project Zero will guide our inquiry. Join us in reimagining teaching and learning! The course is appropriate for teachers across the P-12 spectrum.

Retreat, Reflect, Renew: Creative Modes of Reflective Learning for Teachers and Students

Instructor: Dr. Melanie Reaves

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $40 course fee, CRN 15657
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Reflection is essential to learning. This course covers theory, research and evidence-based methods for learning by reflecting on experiences. Reflective practices, such as journaling, thinking through metaphors and collaboration will serve as pathways for learning techniques involving multi-genre writing, conversation and arts-based meaning-making (no previous art experience necessary). Teachers will leave having had time to synthesize theory and research in connection with their practice (retreat), create a collection of insights into their own teaching and learning (reflect) and develop a set of techniques to use with their students to teach them how to engage in reflective learning (renew).

Teaching the Mathematician Instead of the Right Answer

Instructors: Linda Moore-Owsley; Kathy King-Dickman

  • EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $165, CRN 15658
  • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Suppose you could buy a magic math wand, wave it over your classroom and create students who are ready to face the 21st Century. You really don’t need the wand, you possess that power. The pixie dust and equal parts of thoughtful brain power found inside the wand are: creating interesting mathematical problems and learning to listen to our students so we know their next mathematical step. Join us for raucous conversations, math problem solving and new ideas for your math classroom.

Teaching with Technology and Universal Design for Learning

Instructors: Kathie Powell & Cindy McKee

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15651
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Grading: A-F

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 to UDL and in this class you’ll use UDL to design lessons and units that work for every student in your class. Teachers will explore a variety of the latest technology tools including recording apps (for podcasting and screencasting), FlipGrid (for discussions and collaboration), InsertLearning, Book Creator, Sway (for presentations) and many more! The key to Universal Design for Learning is to allow students to meet the learning objectives with the tool that best suits the child. (Teachers who completed Ms. Powell and Ms. McKee’s Everything Google! classes can take this class to extend their learning - the classes will complement each other. However, Everything Google! is not a prerequisite.)

Use Technology to Give Students Voice and Choice

Instructors: Beth Tagliareni

  • EDUC 510, 2 credits, $330, CRN 15659
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

In this course, teachers will explore a variety of technology tools and explore how to add personalization and student choice into curriculum. Participants will read Empower by A.J. Juliani and John Spencer and explore ways to add student voice, choice and inquiry based learning into their class curriculum and standards (especially the new Colorado science standards). Participants will explore a variety of technology tools that can be used to personalize student learning. The class will also delve into digital portfolios and social media as a platform for sharing student work.

English

Regenerations: Art, Writing, & Mindfulness in Nature

Instructors: Ivy Walker & Molly Murfee

  • ENG 510, 1 Credit, $165 + $40 course fee, CRN 15677
  • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

To regenerate means to bring into renewed existence, to replace that which is injured and give it a new and more vigorous life. Hike through a variety of natural settings all four days utilizing the visual and written arts as tools for re-connecting with the natural world. Through discussions, mixed media, journaling and mindfulness activities; explore where you find beauty and comfort in nature as well as how to handle the fear surrounding its destruction. Sculpt with natural and introduced objects in the landscape and write with the inherent metaphor and symbolism found in nature. Spend some time sitting still. This course delves into social-emotional and student-centered learning and experiential and interdisciplinary education. Perfect for your own rejuvenation or for incorporating it into your own curriculum. A great outlet for art, composition and English, natural sciences and beyond. Finish with treasure chest full of activities, resources, authors and contacts for curriculum planning.

Environmental Science

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (for Kids!)

Instructor: Dr. Taryn Mead

  • ENVS 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15661
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Biomimicry, the practice of learning from nature for human innovation solutions, is an emerging discipline that invites us to learn from nature, rather than simply about it. It is a problem-solving and sustainable design strategy which asks the question “What would nature do?” and provokes us to view nature as “model, measure and mentor” (Benyus, 1997). This 3-day STEAM-focused course will introduce participants to biomimicry, guide them through the biomimicry design process as experiential learners and introduce biomimicry teaching modules for K-12 audiences.  Participants will design teaching modules to deliver custom curriculum in alignment with Next Gen Science Standards.

Western Rivers Teacher Workshop: River as Text – Ecology

Instructor: Sarah Johnson

  • ENVS 510, 2 Credits, $330+ $25 course fee, CRN 15662
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

Learn how to utilize rivers and riparian habitat as the context to meet your curriculum through observations, explorations, discussions and journaling to create student-centered learning experiences. During this field-based course, participants will explore the three major components of a river ecosystem: aquatic life, water quality and riparian habitat. Inter-disciplinary field experiences include field trips to local riverside parks, Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery and Curecanti National Recreation Area. Participants will also create an online Google My Maps river field trip asset map for their school. Physical ability to walk across uneven terrain, stand for long durations and carry equipment is highly suggested.

Western Rivers Teacher Workshop: Water in the West

Instructor: Sarah Johnson

  • ENVS 510, 1 Credit, $165 + $20 course fee, CRN 15663
  • Thursday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

Learn how to incorporate the complexities of water management in the West into your curriculum through cross-curricular field and classroom activities and routines. Using questioning, observing and reflecting strategies participants will explore western water management, water law and watershed geography. Participants will also create an ESRI Story Map using online GIS tools to explore and explain water management concepts and corresponding geography more closely. Field experiences include a Blue Mesa Dam visit, a visit to Taylor Reservoir and time at Gunnison Mountain Park. Physical ability to walk across uneven terrain and stand for long durations is highly suggested. 

History

Damn Politics: Jefferson, Hamilton & the Election of 1800

Instructor: John Spierling

  • HIST 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 00000
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

This course will examine the formative period of 1789-1812 with a focus on the development of American politics due to the increasingly bitter relationship between Jefferson and Hamilton leading to the election of 1800.  Participants will begin with discussing the Federalist/Anti –federalist debate and work through the growing antagonisms of Washington and Adams’ presidencies.  The course will finish with a presentation of political gridlock through the United States Presidencies and debate the most recent election.

History of Colorado

Instructor: Duane Vandenbusche

  • HIST 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $15 course fee, CRN 15665
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

This course deals with a study of the History of Colorado. The course begins with an extensive look at the geography of the region and emphasizes Native Americans, Spanish explorations, fur trade, explorers and surveyors and mining frontier, railroads, cattle industry, recreation, water and the role of the Federal Government. Field trips are an integral part of this course.

Recreation, Outdoor Education

Call of the Wild: Understanding the Motivational & Inspiring Effects of the Outdoors for Classroom Teaching

Instructor: Dr. Jay Whitacre

  • ROE 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $15 course fee, CRN 15678
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

This course will give teachers the foundational knowledge and theory of the importance and restorative nature of the outdoors.   In addition, this course will address the skills needed to empower educators to use the natural, outdoor environment in the traditional classroom setting.  As each generation of our society moves more towards urban environments, it is imperative that nature remains an active foundation of individuals’ lives.  This course is designed to give teachers the fundamental understanding that there is an essential genetically-based human need and propensity to affiliate with “life and lifelike processes,” especially in the outdoors.  During this course, the participant will come to recognize that striving to utilize the natural environment in order to get individuals to reconnect with nature is not a new idea, but is still a leap to work into the traditional classroom setting.  By utilizing both theoretical based information and trips into the natural environment, teachers will be given insight to the importance of exposing youth to these experiences.   This course is designed to take into account that many classroom students may have never had any previous (physical) exposure to the natural environment.  This course is limited to only 14 enrollees, as we will be entering into Public Lands and that is the permit limit.  Field experiences may include adventuring open lands around Western and Gunnison, a peak hike in the National Forest and the exploration of other natural locations around the area.  Physical ability to walk across uneven terrain and stand for long durations is recommended.

Science

Using Science Practices to Engage Your Students in Inquiry-Based Learning

Instructors: Keith Bruno, Jacelyn Downing and Dusty Downing

  • SCI 510, 1 Credit. $165 + $10 course fee, CRN 15680
  • Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

In this two-day workshop, participants will take part in content and skill development using birds and local ecosystems to spark student engagement. Daily activities include indoor inquiry-based classroom experiences and outdoor field experiences. Participants will walk away with take home investigations for use in the classroom and a collection of teaching resources and field trip ideas! Workshop participants will gain hands-on experience by actively participating in a range of classroom activities and citizen science programs. These opportunities will give teachers real scientific data that can be translated and brought into the classroom. It will also open the door to using citizen science as a vehicle for science education. 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.

Spanish

*Spanish Language Learning

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • SPAN 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15666
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

Using activities and conversation, we will 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. We will introduce vocabulary, the use of verbs and verb tenses, enhance listening and comprehension skills and practice communicating within this 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 basic review in the language.

*Spanish Speaking and Teaching Refresher

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • SPAN 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15667
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

Using activities and conversation, we will study and speak the Spanish language at an advanced beginner to intermediate level and focus on expanding the curricular use of experiential learning activities for Spanish classroom situations. This active approach can be taken back to the classroom as teaching tools. We will augment vocabulary, including the use of verbs and verb tenses, enhance listening and comprehension skills and practice communicating within this very interactive learning environment. This is not for never-ever Spanish language learners but best for those who want a refresher and new ideas for teaching a second language.

Week 2: June 16-22

Art

Blending Art with Literacy

Instructor: Rain Bodine 

  • ART 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $10 materials fee, CRN 15668
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Blending Art with Literacy is a course for all teachers interested in exploring literacy through a creative lens of exploration and hands on learning.  Class projects include painting with poetry, word/image association and narrative collage, as well as a personal choice project. This course is an extension of last year’s “Literacy through Art” class- however it is not a prerequisite to take this course.

Education

*A Special Language Tool for Special Classroom Needs: American Sign Language

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $165, CRN 15672
  • Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

American Sign Language (ASL), is considered a foreign language, a community language or a language of instruction. It is being offered for teachers who have both a personal and professional interest in pursuing new communication skills. This American Sign Language class will take you well beyond general body language awareness in order to become a more widely versed communicator. Lessons and practice sessions during this two day class will cover the basics of ASL. We will learn basic signs, sentence structure and fingerspelling. You will begin to build your receptive skills. We will explore some cultural aspects of working with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. We will also consider the adaptations for ASL with special needs students. Participants may come to a new level of expression and have fun within this truly “hands-on” learning experience.

Advanced Everything Google! – For Intermediate and Advanced Users

Instructors: Kathie Powell & Cindy McKee

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15669
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Developed especially for educators who use G-Suite, this course will take it to the next level! In a workshop format, participants will learn the Level 2 Google Certification competencies, including advanced google sheets, slides, forms and more. In addition, we will design interactive curricula, optimize workflow, analyze and interpret students data, learn to teach beyond the walls of the classroom and to personalize learning for every student. Participants are encouraged to bring a unit, project, or lesson idea to convert to a Google-rich experience.  Participants will be prepared to take the Google Certified Educator Level 2 exam (optional).

*CLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Strategies in Kid Lit for All Subjects PK-12

Instructors: Karen Hausdoerffer & Rita Merrigan

  • EDUC 510, 1 Credit, $165, CRN 15671
  • Wednesday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

This course offers hands-on strategies to make kid-lit more accessible to CLD learners and to integrate more diverse literature into the classroom. Participants will try out games, classroom structures, discussion formats, art projects and theatre games to enliven literature for CLD students and talk about contemporary cultural issues around inclusion. Participants will bring their own questions and ideas for adapting these strategies to each unique learning setting. Through a survey of kid-lit of all levels, we will introduce exciting new trends in diverse publishing, a large sampling of diverse books of all levels and cross-curricular connections.  Kid Lit encompasses the broadest age-range of children’s literature from board books to Young Adult novels. We will discuss current issues in CLD literacy and ideas for including parents as literacy educators. We define CLD learners to include not only race and culture, but neurodiversity, gender diversity and class diversity. Participants should come willing to move around, laugh, act, take risks and have fun together.

Communication is KEY: Build community and support for your classroom

Instructors: Cindy McKee and Mandy Harris

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15674
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

You are guaranteed to walk out of this class with 10 ready-to-implement strategies that will improve your communication with your constituents and increase your classroom connections both locally and globally. You will develop a communication plan for your class that will focus and streamline your interactions with families and the community. Learn how to create newsletters that parents read, manage photos, go paperless, leverage social media so it works for you and your learners, maintain an effective website, develop your own practice by creating PLCs and much more!

iPad, Apps and Higher Level Learning: A Collaborative Workshop

Instructor: Kathie Powell

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15670
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

In this class, the participant will discover how to effectively implement iPad technology in the classroom.  The class will focus on the “why?” and “how?” of implementing iPad technology to help students develop an understanding of 21st century skills.  Teachers will also engage in discussion and sharing of best practices using iPads and relevant apps for content areas and grade levels.  Finally, teachers will leave with an implementation plan and with student centered examples and teacher resources to use iPads effectively in their classrooms.

Transform Learning with Project Based Learning

Instructors: Katie Gallagher and Beth Tagliareni

  • EDUC 510, 2 Credits, $330, CRN 15673
  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: S/U

Whether  you  are  new to Project-Based Learning (PBL) or a PBL veteran in need of a fresh outlook, this course will be sure to guide you through understanding the importance of PBL in today’s classroom.  Learn how to gradually hand over the learning process to students, a five-step system for planning projects and view countless authentic examples from those doing the work right now.  You will leave this course with your very own new or revised PBL Unit.

English

Nature Writing & Environmental Literature

Instructor: Molly Murfee

  • ENG 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $35 course fee, CRN 15675
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

Writers from the classics of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau to the contemporaries of Edward Abbey and Terry Tempest Williams inspire how our culture defines and interacts with nature. This field-based course is an introduction to these authors focusing on experiential education, student-centered learning and interdisciplinary studies. Work with a Nature Writing Portfolio while fostering creative writing, critical thinking, observation and research skills. Use this genre to explore modalities from the descriptive and persuasive essay to poetry. Discover writing techniques to stir emotion, appreciation and action while creating a sense of connection to the natural world. Each day includes field experiences and independent research time. Participants will have a bank of curriculum resources at the end of the course. Perfect not only for composition and English teachers, but for those in the natural sciences as well.  *(Please note this course may be taken in addition to “Regenerations: Cultivating Connections to Earth, Art & Activism.” Subject matter will be complementary, but will not duplicate in activities. As a portfolio is required for both courses, a reduction in the materials fee may be obtained for one.)

Recreation, Outdoor Education

Call of the Wild: Understanding the Motivational & Inspiring Effects of the Outdoors for Classroom Teaching

Instructor: Dr. Jay Whitacre

  • ROE 510, 2 Credits, $330 + $15 course fee, CRN 15676
  • Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Grading: A-F

This course will give teachers the foundational knowledge and theory of the importance and restorative nature of the outdoors.   In addition, this course will address the skills needed to empower educators to use the natural, outdoor environment in the traditional classroom setting.  As each generation of our society moves more towards urban environments, it is imperative that nature remains an active foundation of individuals’ lives.  This course is designed to give teachers the fundamental understanding that there is an essential genetically-based human need and propensity to affiliate with “life and lifelike processes,” especially in the outdoors.  During this course, the participant will come to recognize that striving to utilize the natural environment in order to get individuals to reconnect with nature is not a new idea, but is still a leap to work into the traditional classroom setting.  By utilizing both theoretical based information and trips into the natural environment, teachers will be given insight to the importance of exposing youth to these experiences.   This course is designed to take into account that many classroom students may have never had any previous (physical) exposure to the natural environment.  This course is limited to only 14 enrollees, as we will be entering into Public Lands and that is the permit limit.  Field experiences may include adventuring open lands around Western and Gunnison, a peak hike in the National Forest and the exploration of other natural locations around the area.  Physical ability to walk across uneven terrain and stand for long durations is recommended.

Field-Based Courses

The World is a Classroom: Travel to Guatemala

Instructor: Steve Foster

  • EDUC 510, 3 Credits, $375 + $2099 course fee payable to spanish4educators.org
  • July 7-20, 2019 (CRN 15679)

This travel course, exclusively for educators, encompasses a 2 week immersion program in Guatemala.  This course will help educators (as learners) to develop a deeper understanding of language and culture, specifically for the purpose of enhancing classroom instruction.  This learning opportunity will provide the student with hands-on learning experiences and activities that cannot be easily duplicated in the traditional classroom. Students will engage in conversations related to the places they visit and apply learning through various activities based exclusively on the sites visited. Register and pay for the travel course directly through spanish4educators.org. Register and pay for the credit through Extended Studies.