Chilkat Valley Teacher Institute for Place-Based Science

  • June 19, 2022
  • 6:00 PM
  • June 25, 2022
  • 11:00 AM
  • Haines, Alaska


  • Registration fee for teachers and education students who are based in Haines are funded through Chilkat Valley Community Foundation.

Registration is closed

This enriching week will kick off with a gathering on Sunday evening at 6 including dinner and introductions. The bulk of the activity will be five days of field trips led by local subject-matter specialists with a couple of optional evening events and a send-off with breakfast on Saturday morning. Participants are expected to have a choice of field trips each day, with some being only half-day so there will be back-to-back offerings. We will travel around in ten-passenger vans. The faculty are all local people with specific knowledge of ecosystems, landscape, issues, technology and culture. For current list of topics, contact institute coordinator. Time will be carved out for teachers to collaborate on the 2019 Science Standards for Alaska and brainstorm and draft ideas for lessons that may be inspired by the field trip experiences. The evening options will including art, literacy, and history/culture. Participants will arrange for their own accommodations. List of options will be provided: hotel, bunk-style cabin, bed and breakfast, and RV or camping are available. Breakfast and bag lunches will be provided daily. If you are a public school teacher, you might check with administration and see if there is American Rescue Plan Act money designated for learning recovery. A portion of that is allowed to be used for teacher professional development, and could include lodging, transportation, food, and even a stipend. Honestly, I think being able to learn outdoors has great value for mental health, as well. Perhaps a participant could come away from this experience as a strong point person for their District to teach others how to adapt to the new science standards. The usual guidance of dressing for the weather and being flexible applies. Registering for the course would go through UAA PACE, take place on-site, and the class will cost $99 to earn two credits. We would love to show you around! E-mail institute coordinator for more information.

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