On June 26th-29th, 2018 we will kick-off an exciting year of professional learning with the Wellborn Institute. Our journey begins with a 4-day fun and intensive retreat focusing on place-based ecology education (PBEE). The Wellborn Institute is for Upper Valley K-12 educators interested in deepening their PBEE teaching practice. At the end of the 4-day foundational course in June, participants will draft plans for how they will incorporate this learning into their curricula, classrooms, schools, and schoolyards. The Institute will provide an additional 6 hours of onsite coaching / content specialist support as needed through the year. Additionally, $1000 will be provided to each participant to fund these projects. The group will gather four times through the year to share progress and wrap up with a celebration in March 2019 with photos and updates on participants’ work.
What can the Wellborn Place-based Ecology Education (PBEE) Institute offer participants?
- An interdisciplinary, holistic approach to using the environment as an integrating context for curriculum.
- Field-based explorations of local resources led by a variety of professionals, emphasizing outdoor inquiry and investigation skills.
- Place-based learning activities designed to create authentic and relevant connections for students.
- Best practices in instruction and curriculum design that meet state and national standards.
- Potential long-term partnerships with organizations that offer additional expertise and resources to support curriculum.
- A stimulating, thought-provoking experience created to refresh participant’s minds and passion for teaching!
- Up to $1000 to support PBEE work.
What is expected of participants?
- Participate fully in the foundational course (June 26-June 29, 2016 at Common Man Inn, Claremont, New Hampshire) and 3 of 4 subsequent gatherings in the coming year. Meals and lodging will be covered by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
- Participate in the November 1 Wellborn Hub Leadership Conference
- Develop an outline for a place-based teaching unit that incorporates the local natural environment and meets the academic goals of the school.
- Include community resources as a key component in students’ experience.
- Share work informally with other educators on participant’s team, at participant’s school, or across participant’s district.
- Provide reflections and regular feedback on the challenges and successes of incorporating place-based ecology education into participant’s work.
Check back in late fall 2018 for more information on the 2019 Wellborn Institute application process.