A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC)
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.
Help educators transfer and translate sustainability concepts, including climate change, from the forest and public land to their curriculum, instruction, and life.
Help educators to effectively use place-based service learning and education for sustainability as an integrative curricular context to make the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards more practical and meaningful.
1. Participate in ALL workshops and sessions and complete all course assignments.
2. Strong support from your school administrator or supervisor.
3. Develop a place-based teaching unit or curriculum integration plan which utilizes local resources, addresses education for sustainability goals, incorporates the forest, and meets the requirements of your school.
4. Share your work and ideas with other educators during the course and during the year after the course as you implement your Forest for Every Classroom program.
Week of August 5-8, 2019: Woodstock, VT, The Shire and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Nov 1 & 2, 2019: Lyme, NH, Dowd’s Country Inn and Event Center and the Appalachian Trail
Jan 24 & 25, 2020: North Sutton, NH, The Follansbee Inn and Kezar Lake, Wadleigh State Park
April 3 & 4, 2020: Shelburne, VT, Shelburne Farms
Fees and Mini Grants: The program fee for 2019-2020 is $600. For Upper Valley teachers the course fee is $200 due to grant funding. Scholarships are available, please indicate if you are requesting a scholarship in the application. Requesting a scholarship in no way impacts your application or acceptance into the program. Optional 5 graduate credits through Castleton University is charged separately. Lodging and meals will likely be covered, but is dependent on grant funding (to be determined by February 19, 2019).
During the course, you will have an opportunity to apply for a $200 mini-grant to support your Forest for Every Classroom projects and work with students.
To apply, please complete this online application and e-mail a letter of support from your school administrator or supervisor to [email protected] before February 19, 2019. Applications received afterwards will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, contact [email protected].
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