Independent Study in Science Instruction
Fall and Spring Semesters
Flexible and Teacher Dependent
VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
This graduate level course supports teachers in the implementation and practice of the Next Generation Science Standards and is delivered as an extension to the VINS School Program. As an independent study, this course is centered on the needs of individual teachers and is flexible to adapt to their individual goals. We will focus on how we can use the NGSS to help students engage with the world around them as scientists and engineers. We will explore the NGSS in depth, identify the implications for instruction, find connections between CCSS and the NGSS, develop lessons aligned with the NGSS and reflect on the implementation of the NGSS in your classroom. This course is designed for teachers in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Location: In-Person + Online/Independent Format
Due Date: Varies
In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education
Antioch University New England will host three In Bloom conferences this spring. The first, In Bloom in Vermont, will be held on the third day of spring, March 23, 2019, at Academy Elementary School in Brattleboro. We’re well aware there will not be much in bloom in March, so this year we’ve assigned an “in bloom in snow” theme to the In Bloom in Vermont conference. We’ll be focusing on how to work with children outdoors in winter.
March 23- Vermont
April 27- Maine
June 8- Massachusetts
The Second conference, In Bloom in Maine: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education brings us back to Kittery, Maine, to work with the vibrant nature-based early childhood educators there. We look forward to a lovely warm spring day to celebrate the end of Earth Week! This conference has always filled to capacity, so plan to register early. Online registration is fairly simple, as we are now doing workshop sign-ups at morning registration instead of online.Our 2019 In Bloom season comes to fruition with our first foray to Amherst, Massachusetts. On June 8, 2019, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment will host us for In Bloom in Western Mass. We are confident that the clematis, iris, peonies AND dandelions will all be in bloom!
In the past, In Bloom workshops have catered to teachers of children between the ages of 3 and 6, but children grow up, so we’re catching up! This year our workshops are geared to preschool through third grade, so invite your elementary teacher colleagues.
Due Date: Varies
Growing Up WILD and PLT Early Childhood Environmental Experiences Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children and Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, are supplementary educational programs for young learners designed to connect children ages 3 – 7 with nature and wildlife. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to do sample activities from both programs that foster critical early childhood skill development and tap into children’s sense of wonder about nature and the wildlife around them.
Integrate art, music, science, reading, math, and much more in nature-based activities
Support developmentally appropriate practice
Correlated to National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards and Head Start Domains
For info: Judy Silverberg, N.H. Project Learning Tree; firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Concord, New Hampshire
Event date: Feb 18
Forest for Every Classroom
The Forest for Every Classroom is offered in partnership with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Green Mountain National Forest, and the Stewardship Institute. The purpose of the course is to foster a deeper understanding of New England forest stewardship issues, provide tools to develop place-based, service-learning curricula that meet current educational standards and use local landscapes, resources and community to connect classroom learning to real world application. Throughout the course, participants will be asked to apply their learning in the classroom, share out, and reflect on their experiences with their fellow coursemates. Educators may earn up to five graduate credits from Castleton State College for the successful completion of the Forest for Every Classroom program.
Location: New Hampshire & Vermont
Application due: Feb 19
Northeast Farm to School Institute
The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. Our Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 25-27, 2019.
Location: Shelburne, Vermont
Application due: Mar 7
Designing, Creating and Teaching in Schoolyards Part 1 and Part 2
Make a difference for wildlife and experience learning in the landscape of your schoolyard. This workshop series will give you the tools, skills and practice.
Schoolyard investigations and habitat projects address multiple environmental and educational concepts that benefit landscape, learning and community. The often under-utilized schoolyard spaces can be transformed from blank stretches of lawn or beaten dirt to ecologically sound landscapes. Imagine these spaces alive with wildlife and native plants. They provide opportunities for authentic learning experiences integrated into the curriculum, scientific inquiry, hands-on minds-on interdisciplinary learning, peer mentorship, and community involvement.
Discover how to make the most of YOUR school grounds.
We recommend teams of 3 or more attend to work together to define and build a project. These teams could be teachers, volunteer parents and/or community members. After this workshop, participants will be prepared to apply for a NH Schoolyard Action Grant to begin their project. You will receive planning materials to further assist and guide the planning and implementation processes.
This is a 2-part workshop; you can take either one day or both
Location: Gilmanton, New Hampshire
Event date: Mar 16