University of Alaska Anchorage
Environmental Curriculum Boot Camp
- Improve environmental science content knowledge through the lenses of the maritime environment and economic impacts
- Introduction to curriculum resources available through the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
- Deepen pedagogical knowledge through development of Student Learning Outcomes, unit goals and objectives, and development of lesson materials and methods
- Explore ways to incorporate place-based learning, problem-based learning, and Alaskan standards into lesson planning
Place based activities may include:
- Kayak in Prince William Sound
- Tour the fish hatchery
- Tour the Alyeska pipeline terminal
Dates and Location
Dates: June 3 - 5, 2021
Non-refundable Registration Fee: $100
Contact: Katie Bobowski, 907-822-3673 or email@example.com
Instructor: Bjørn Wolter
- What to expect
- 3 content-rich days immersed in classroom and field exercises to deepen teaching pedagogy. Teachers will walk away with lesson plans, resources, tools how to fit the curriculum into a classroom or virtual learning environment, and examples of place-based lesson planning.
- What you will get
- All students will develop a place-based lesson plan or unit to use in their own classroom. All of the lesson plans developed will be put into an online database that will be made available to all students for adaptation and use in their classroom
- Why you should come
- Gives teachers the ability to reconnect to 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
- Course Sample Schedule
June 3, 2021 Morning Valdez Introductions/Overview of course expectationsInstruction on teaching pedagogyDevelop an overview of the unit/divide the unit into subsections/break the class into smaller groups to work on subsections 12 - 1 p.m.Lunch Afternoon
Work on Unit subsection
Place-based acitivity/testing/discuss possible lessons
Evening Campfire discussion of teaching pedagogy
June 4, 2021 Morning Instruction on incorporating standards.
Sub groups continue to develop their section of the unit.
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch Afternoon Sub groups continue to develop their section of the unit.
Place-based activity to test new lessons and provide examples of how to use RCAC lessons.
Evening Daily reflection
Free to explore Valdez/ work on unit.
June 5, 2021 MorningInstruction on how to put the unit together.Group works to put the unit together in a logical order. 12 - 1 p.m. Lunch AfternoonPlace-based activity-kayak Valdez harbor. Evening Bbq
Daily reflection / Course reflection
Meet The Professor
Dr. Bjørn Wolter
Dr. Bjørn Wolter is a program manager with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. He has been a professor, researcher, and administrator in Alaska K-20+ education for more than two decades. Bjørn earned a Ph.D in Science Education from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in Plant Ecology and B.S. in Biology from Western Washington University.