About the Institute:
The Earth Partnership for Schools (EPS) Summer Institute for Teachers provides participants with opportunities to learn about the cultural and natural history of the prairie through a variety of inter-disciplinary hands-on activities and field experiences. Teams become familiar with the EPS curriculum and create a school action plan for an ecological site restoration.
It is offered every other year and will be offered next in 2013.
The following priorities guide the Summer Institute:
Build ecological, cultural, and historical knowledge: Participants will be provided with opportunities to learn more about the ecological, cultural, and historical knowledge associated with the restoration process and school-wide use of that restoration as an outdoor laboratory. The prairie ecosystem and its restoration will be a focus of the Summer Institute.
Model a variety of teaching methods: Participants will gain an understanding of ecological restoration and project planning through interdisciplinary, hands-on, and inquiry-based teaching.
Provide participatory experiences: Participants will be provided interdiciplinary experiences so they will feel more confident and enthusiastic using a restoration for facilitating inquiry-based learning and scientific research with students.
Build community partnerships: Provide participants with opportunities explore collaborative strategies to strengthen school teams and gain additional community support for their restoration and curricular efforts.
Participants in the EPS Summer Institute will receive:
A comprehensive EPS curriculum guide Instruction & hands-on participation in EPS activities
Site visit to a restoration project
Partial room & board (breakfast, lunch, snacks & lodging)
30 Continuing Education Units
2 graduate credits offered through the University of Minnesota (optional additional cost)
Technical assistance and support including site-visits and a follow-up Winter Workshop Day