University of Alaska Anchorage
Environmental Science for Teachers
- Intended for teachers of science who are not science teachers by training
- Based in Cordova
- Grow teacher knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy about Indigenous Knowledge
- Explore ways to incorporate place-based learning, problem-based learning, and Alaskan standards into lesson planning
Place-based activities will vary depending on weather but may include several of the following:
- Climate Science
- Flora & Fauna Identification
- Citizen Science
- Kayak on a glacial lake
- Hike in a temperate rain forest
- Explore the Copper River Delta
Dates and Location
Dates: May 24 - May 31, 2021
Non-refundable registration fee: $100
Course number: ED580
Contact: Katie Bobowski, 907-822-3673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor: Bjørn Walters
- What to expect
Environmental Science for Teachers is primarily a field based course and we will be spending most days outside exploring different learning possibilities. Students should be able to walk at least 5 miles. Portions of the course may be carried out over uneven terrain, often without a trail, and may include river crossings or other hazards depending on route and travel logistics. The course may require good physical condition and ability to perform in cold and/or inclement weather. Students must be prepared to spend long days in potentially harsh terrain, with a number of environmental concerns to mitigate, including: bears, mosquitos, wolves, rivers, weather, temperature, etc.
- 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 also be put into a bank and made available to all students for adaptation and use in their classrooms.
- Why you should comePiloted 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.
- Course Sample Schedule
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.