The following text just went out in an email to principals and teachers in the Vermont/New Hampshire Upper Connecticut River Valley region. Read below to find out more about this professional development opportunity starting August 24th for local (commuting distance to Quechee) folks.
Happy August Greetings!
We are writing to let you know of a professional development opportunity soon to take place in the Upper Valley. Eliza Minnucci and Meg Teachout, founders of the Ottauquechee School Forest Kindergarten Day program and www.forestkinder.org, are convening a Professional Learning Community to support educators interested in taking their students outside for productive play and learning. Please forward this email to folks you think might be interested in joining us—parents, volunteers, early childhood educators, librarians, teachers, administrators–all are welcome
This PLC will begin meeting August 24th, and will meet monthly thereafter (first Mondays) for eight, two-hour-long evening sessions, with one half-day Saturday session in September. Participants can receive graduate credit from Antioch University New England for $350, in addition to the base course fee of $200.
The purpose of the PLC is to help educators take their curriculum based work outside – we will discuss outdoor spaces, infrastructure and the practicalities of an outdoor classroom; the role of the teacher in outdoor spaces; curriculum connections; measuring learning outdoors; communication with parents, administrators, other teachers and community members; and the innumerable latent benefits of outdoor learning. The PLC will also help us to build the local community of educators who take their students outdoors.
Download the course flyer here.
Download the course syllabus here.
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join our PLC starting August 24th!