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Teacher Professional Development for STEAM

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  
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Place-based Learning And Teaching Enhances Academic Understanding (PLATEAU) is a one year professional development program for K-8th grade teachers on the Colorado Plateau through the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education. 


We focus on developing understanding and implementation of best practices in STEAM instruction by promoting more thoughtful, engaged, and coherent teaching that effectively builds student understanding over time. Teachers will work together to solve problems and improve their STEAM teaching, which should result in a community that teachers can use for support beyond the program. 


By participating in this program you will: 

• Develop strategies for improving STEAM instruction and incorporating scientific and engineering practices into your instruction. 

• Build a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between land, ecology, water, resources, and cultures of the Colorado Plateau to integrate place-based and outdoor education lessons into your STEAM curriculum. 

• Join a community of teachers to work cooperatively on projects and problems relevant to your practice, school, community, and the bioregion. 

Program Costs and Benefits: 

Participating teachers receive 

• Funds to purchase materials to help implement programs 

• Travel support to workshop and annual conference 

• Optional graduate level recertification credit. (Non-degree earning graduate credit is available through the Colorado School of Mines for a fee.) 

• Participating schools are asked for a monetary donation up to $1,500 per teacher to help defray the costs. 

Program Requirements: 

• Attend a 5-day Summer Training in place-based education 

• Attend the annual 2-day PLATEAU conference and complete a conference follow-up 

• Enact a minimum of 1 place-based STEAM lesson per week 

• Meet with your regional coordinator once a month 

• Participate in two facilitated virtual meeting per month with a small group of teachers to work together on practice • Program staff will conduct two observation of classromm instruction. 


For more information please contact: Anne Hamlin, PLATEAU Arizona Regional Coordinator - Four Corners School of Outdoor Education;256-683-6409; ; 

Private donations fund our operating budget, education and research efforts.

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