Teacher Professional Development Campus and Outreach Programs

Our Place-Based Learning and Teaching Enhances Academic Understanding (PLATEAU) Project is a teacher professional development program that uses Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to help teachers integrate place-based education into their curricula. The PLATEAU Project provides training for teachers in K-8th grade schools across the Colorado Plateau (parts of UT, NM, CO, AZ), which includes school year mentoring, a Science resource Center, a five-day Summer or Fall Institute, a three-day San Juan river trip, and an annual teachers’ conference in March. A fee of $5,000/school/year is requested, but not required.

PLATEAU Teacher Professional Development Outreach Program

The PLATEAU Project uses outdoor and place-based education to enable participating teachers to create place-based lesson plans and integrate outdoor education into their classrooms. Teachers increase their effectiveness as mentors by assisting other teachers in their school to increase their skills as outdoor educators. PLATEAU teachers receive training throughout the school year, with one-on-one, semi-monthly support from a state Regional Coordinator. Teachers receive a stipend up to $1,000 for completion of the program, 108 hours of professional development, graduate level recertification credits from the Colorado School of Mines, and $500 to buy equipment for a Resource Center that can be used by all teachers in each PLATEAU participating school.

-Intensive Teacher Summer or Fall Institute

An Intensive Teacher Summer or Fall Institute is the first phase of PLATEAU, designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge about the Colorado Plateau Bioregion. They learn to support student' cognitive growth and scientific investigation skills through place-based experiential activities. They engage their students in STEM, NGSS-based activities, curriculum, and science projects while developing ways to integrate place-based outdoor education into classrooms and satisfy each states’ core curricula, district requirements, and national standards. Held twice each summer and once in the fall, teachers explore the area through place-based lessons, learn outdoor classroom management techniques, and take home resources ready to use in their classroom!

-Intensive Teacher River Institute

An Intensive Teacher River Institute is the final phase of PLATEAU, designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge about water in the Colorado Plateau Bioregion, develop ways to integrate place-based water curriculum into their classroom and satisfy each states’ core curricula, district requirements, and national standards. Held twice each summer, teachers explore the San Juan River through place-based lessons, classroom management, and take home resources ready to use in their classroom!

Place-Based Education Teacher Professional Development Workshops

The Discovery Center also offers place-based education workshops, where teachers gain an in-depth understanding of how to apply place-based theory to practice in the classroom and a science-practice model that supports place-based STEM instruction. This two-hour, interactive workshop is available to all teachers in Colorado Plateau schools and on our campus and can be customized to teachers’ classroom needs. Small/large group pricing available upon request.

 

If your school or district is interested in becoming part of the PLATEAU Project, or scheduling a customized workshop at your school, or on our campus, please call or email Shawn Stevens, Discovery Center Director, at 800-525-4456 or .

pdfPLATEAU Newsletter Fall 2016