For Teachers

  • 2024 For Teachers Courses

    A content-rich week immersed in classroom and field exercises to deepen teaching pedagogy. Teachers will walk away with lesson plans, resources, tools to help fit the curriculum into a classroom or virtual learning environment, and examples of place-based lesson planning.

Professional development that meets the unique needs of Alaska teachers...

For Teachers courses are open to any teacher but primarily aimed at certified K-12 teachers in rural or remote Alaska who are not content experts in the course subject matter. Each ‘for Teachers’ course is based on a one-week summer experience that includes developing a place-based lesson plan. An additional one-credit fall course includes implementation and reflection of the lesson created during the summer class.


Alaska teachers can attend this program for free summers 2024-2026 thanks to grant funding! Tuition, academic fees, and housing are free. Travel and food stipends may be available.


For more information about this program, you can contact PWSC - Copper Basin Extension Site:

contact: Katie Bobowski


call: 907-822-3673 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. AKST)

Why you should come...

Piloted in 2019, every student said this was the best professional development they had ever had.

  • Not only will you develop your teaching skills, you will forge friendships and share experiences that are unparalleled - even in Alaska.
  • Gives teachers the ablity to reconnect and re-energize their passion for teaching.
  • Mixes classroom activities with place-based/outdoor activities, which asks the teachers to not only consider their curriculum, but to also consider their classroom.
  • Collaborative workshop activities allow STEM teachers to meet and network with other educators who are living through the same experience.

Summer 2024 For Teachers Courses

Click on the button for each course to find out more information!

Applications will open in January 2024. To receive notification of the application opening, please fill out the above Google Form.

The For Teachers courses include four primary components:

  • Place-Based
    Incorporate place-based and experiential learning ideas into the curriculum
  • Culturally relevant
    Include the Alaska Cultural standards as an equal partner in the teacher's instruction
  • Content rich
    More effectively lead instruction in the discipline
  • Standards-based
    Build lesson plans that achieve the Alaska Standards

Program Funding

This work is supported by the USDA National Insitute of Food and Agriculture

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