Prepare your students to “Save the Future” by participating in a unique multi-disciplinary professional development course that uses history to provide a context for today’s environmental issues.
Green History Teacher Institute
June 26 – 30, 2017
This course, based on the award-winning Eco-Explorers: Colonial Time Warp school program at the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, MD, will assist teachers in navigating the Maryland Environmental Literacy standards, MWEE (Meaningful Watershed Education Experience) requirements, and environmental science content.
During this week-long summer seminar, teachers will work with Accokeek Foundation staff to develop post-visit curriculum including a MWEE, which will be implemented in or near their classrooms during the next school year in conjunction with a field trip to the National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park. Accokeek Foundation staff will provide support to participating teachers during the implementation process and partial funding for field trips during the 2017 fall semester is included for all participating teachers.
Who should apply?
2nd-5th grade school teachers and teaching staff from public or private schools in Maryland. We are looking for innovative curriculum designers with a passion for environmental science or colonial history (or both!) and an interest in cross-curricular instruction. Teachers from schools that are applying for or renewing Green School status are strongly encouraged to apply!
What will teachers accomplish during the Institute?
- Learn about state environmental science standards requirements, including MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences)
- Make interdisciplinary connections between history and environmental science
- Increase content knowledge in environmental science and the history of environmental issues
- Gain expertise from museum educators on experiential learning techniques teachers can use in their classroom
- Learn to foster meaningful discussions in the classroom around a variety of environmental and historical issues
- Learn to encourage critical thinking skills that will deepen students engagement with content
- Develop and share lesson ideas with peers, including a post-visit plan for an environmental action project to be completed by students
What is provided for teacher participants?
- Teacher Resources, including teaching strategies and project guidelines
- Reduced field trip fees for the award-winning Eco-Explorers school program, as well as transportation funding
- $300 stipend for completion of entire program
- Daily lunch during institute
- One classroom or school visit from museum educators during the school year to aid in project implementation, as well as access to “on-call” help during the 2017-18 school year
What is expected of teacher participants?
- Creation and sharing of inquiry-based lesson plans/project to be implemented in 2017 fall semester
- Participation in entire Green History Teacher Institute at Piscataway Park, June 26 – June 30, Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 3:30pm
- Participation in three seminar sessions during fall semester, 2017 (dates and location TBD based on participant availability)
- Class field trip to the National Colonial Farm during September or October 2017
- Participation in program evaluation via follow-up surveys
Complete the online application form
Manager of Education