Outdoor Education Training

Place-Based Education Workshop Series (part 2 of 2)

In this second part of a two-part workshop series, participants will delve deeper into discussions to gain new understandings of place-based education and curriculum design that meets standards.

The workshop series is limited to Wyoming based educators. How does the place where you teach influence your curriculum? What tools can be used to connect students to place? Participants will consider these questions by engaging in teambuilding activities, participating in a service learning project, using inquiry to explore natural science, engaging in place-based lessons, writing about personal connections to place, and creating a unit plan for implementing their learnings. In this second part of a two-part workshop series, participants will delve deeper into discussions to gain new understandings of place-based education and curriculum design that meets standards. Participants will actively engage in reflective practice to create a unit plan that connects their local place with content and performance standards. Teams of teachers from schools across Wyoming, who participated in Part 1 in November 2019, will be participants. All activities will model the pedagogical approaches of place-based learning: experiential, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary and locally-focused. Shortly after the spring workshop, participating teachers will have the opportunity for TSS graduate students to visit their classrooms and spend two days with students, teaching and modeling a place-based approach within the classroom and surrounding areas.