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The Teacher Center at Riverside provides professional development opportunities for educators in the Northeast Kingdom and North Country.

Educators are agents for change, and change is needed now. The goal of education for sustainability is to transform the learning process so that it equips students, teachers, schools, and informal educators with the knowledge and ways of thinking that society needs to achieve economic prosperity and responsible citizenship while restoring the health of the living systems upon which our lives depend.

Introduced in the summer of 2018, the Center hopes to support area educational professionals with relevant, valuable, and locally-sourced professional development opportunities in support of elementary education.

This year, we are offering three courses. All courses are offered at Teacher Center at Riverside School in Lyndonville, VT. Credits offered are graduate level credits.

Successful Integration of Technology in the Classroom

June 24th – 27th, 2019 (9am - 4pm)

$560 for 4-day, 32 hr course

Teacher Center at Riverside School in Lyndonville, VT

Technology is a double edged sword. While technology can be a teaching aid, it can also be a challenge for both educators and their students. Effective use and management of technology is critical in today’s technology enhanced classrooms.

Description

Teachers and school administrators welcome technology integration into the classroom, but it must be effective integration. With the cost of technology, schools can ill afford to explore different technologies without focusing on specific learning outcomes.

This course focuses on the different technologies available, why they are effective or not, and which types of technology students prefer or have more success using. In addition, we will explore what some of the infrastructure challenges are, and the cost of implementation including the critical need for professional development for educators. Other topics will be generated from surveys distributed to participants before and during the course.

Hands-on demonstrations of technology will provide participants real-world applications of the different technologies available to educators.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain familiarity of current and new technology resources available to educators.

  • Develop an understanding of infrastructure challenges required for support technology in classrooms.

  • Examine the use of several types of classroom technology in an open, hands-on environment.

  • Work with peers to develop a classroom technology plan for the effective use of technology.

  • Understand the challenges of technology integration.

  • Discuss the fiscal challenges regarding keeping technology current and cutting edge.

Meet Your Instructor

Michael Dente M.Ed., Chief Technology Officer and Adjunct Faculty - Northern Vermont University   Michael’s M.Ed. focus is in Instructional Technology, specifically the use of technology in the classroom. This combined with 12 years of teaching and 20 years in the technology support field gives Michael a broad perspective of the challenges educators face regarding technology and classroom use.

Michael Dente M.Ed., Chief Technology Officer and Adjunct Faculty - Northern Vermont University

Michael’s M.Ed. focus is in Instructional Technology, specifically the use of technology in the classroom. This combined with 12 years of teaching and 20 years in the technology support field gives Michael a broad perspective of the challenges educators face regarding technology and classroom use.


Critical Skills Immersion: Level 1

July 22th – 26th, 2019 (9am - 4pm)

$600 for 5-day, 40 hr course (additional $450 for 3 credits)

Teacher Center at Riverside School in Lyndonville, VT

We need adults who know how to work together to solve problems, so let’s establish classroom-cultures where students practice doing that. We’ll integrate collaborative, experiential, problem-based, and standards based learning methods along with ideas of your own and methods that are a priority in your school.

Description

The Level I institute experience is designed to introduce you to the Critical Skills classroom model and prepare you to begin implementing it in your own learning environment. Our classroom model is a highly interactive, experiential approach to learning that develops student knowledge and skills through collaborative problem solving. Students in a Critical Skills classroom are thoroughly engaged in their learning and play a very active role in all aspects of the learning process. The overwhelming majority of students find our approach to be fun, stimulating, and very demanding. Your institute experience will reflect this same educational design. Participants are first immersed in a Critical Skills Classroom, then explore the integration of problem-based learning, experiential learning, collaborative learning, and standards-based learning for implementation in their own classroom.

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing and maintaining the classroom as a strong, collaborative learning community,

  • Setting and assessing standards for quality work,

  • Targeting critical skills and dispositions within curriculum frameworks,

  • Utilizing technology and media resources as tools for problem solving,

  • Designing problem-based classroom challenges that address subject area standards through a meaningful context for learning, and

  • Guiding and coaching students' production and reflection processes using the Experiential Learning Cycle.

Meet Your Instructor

Nelia Rath, Director of Co-curricular Programs and teacher at the Riverside School in partnership with Antioch University New England   Nelia Rath is a teacher, sixth grade advisor, and Director of Co-Curricular Programs at Riverside. She teaches middle school Spanish and 8thth grade World Issues and Current Events. She received a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology from Colby College and her M.Ed from Antioch University New England in Integrated Learning. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University New England. She has been at Riverside for 13 years and lives in Kirby with her husband and daughter and their two beloved Labradors.

Nelia Rath, Director of Co-curricular Programs and teacher at the Riverside School in partnership with Antioch University New England

Nelia Rath is a teacher, sixth grade advisor, and Director of Co-Curricular Programs at Riverside. She teaches middle school Spanish and 8thth grade World Issues and Current Events. She received a B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology from Colby College and her M.Ed from Antioch University New England in Integrated Learning. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University New England. She has been at Riverside for 13 years and lives in Kirby with her husband and daughter and their two beloved Labradors.


Education for Sustainability (EfS) Summer Institute

July 29 - Aug 1, 2019 (9am - 4pm)

$560 for 4-day, 32 hr course (additional $450 for 3 credits)

Teacher Center at Riverside School in Lyndonville, VT

Description

How can schools be a key player in nurturing environmentally and socially vital and equitable communities? Education for Sustainability acknowledges and addresses the gap between this vision for the future and the ability of our current education system to get us there. In this institute, you will explore strategies for engaging learners in experiences that build their capacity and identity as agents of change.

This course focuses on the interdependence of environment, economy and equity (the three Es of Educating for Sustainability) and how we can incorporate sustainability at any grade level and in every subject area. As educators, we have the opportunity to model sustainable practices, to open our students’ minds to the possibilities of a sustainable future and to help guide them to be responsible citizens for change in their communities.

Designed to be dynamic and democratic, the Institute offers teachers and administrators the time and space to develop projects of personal interest while providing opportunities to learn from colleagues and other leaders in field of Education for Sustainability. Interactive sessions will feature a blend of individual work time, peer-to-peer feedback, resource sharing, hands-on learning experiences, and large and small group discussions. Our overall goal is to ensure participants have the opportunity to develop connections between curriculum and community, work and dialogue together, and reflect in an inspiring setting that models sustainability and systems-thinking.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain familiarity with and practice the skills to apply Education for Sustainability (EFS) as a unifying framework for education that helps students contribute to creating a healthy economic, social and environmental future for their communities.

  • Build knowledge about community sustainability efforts, resources, and opportunities to integrate them into curriculum.

  • Use the big ideas of sustainability as a lens through which to meet standards-based curriculum and assessment goals and address school initiatives.  

  • Practice using curriculum planning tools to integrate EFS

  • Collaboratively develop, present, and evaluate a curriculum unit that uses the Big Ideas of Sustainability as integrative concepts.

  • Build awareness of a variety of techniques to use as part of student reflection and educator resilience.

  • Deepen understanding of complex systems and systems dynamics in social and ecological contexts.

  • Be part of a learning community providing each other feedback, resources and suggestions.

Meet Your InstructorS

Deandra Early, Middle School Math Teacher, The Riverside School   Deandra earned her BA in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Colby College and her M.Ed for Experienced Educators in Education for Sustainability from Antioch University New England. For the past 16 years, she has taught pre-K through college level courses in both public and private school settings and has developed numerous curricular units through the lens of sustainability. She was the director of Youth Programs at The Wenatchee River Institute in Leavenworth, WA. She has presented at the Sustainability Education Summer Institute at Islandwood and attended both the Education for Sustainability Summer Institute and the Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy at Shelburne Farms.

Deandra Early, Middle School Math Teacher, The Riverside School

Deandra earned her BA in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Colby College and her M.Ed for Experienced Educators in Education for Sustainability from Antioch University New England. For the past 16 years, she has taught pre-K through college level courses in both public and private school settings and has developed numerous curricular units through the lens of sustainability. She was the director of Youth Programs at The Wenatchee River Institute in Leavenworth, WA. She has presented at the Sustainability Education Summer Institute at Islandwood and attended both the Education for Sustainability Summer Institute and the Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy at Shelburne Farms.

Reeve Basom, Place-Based Education Coordinator, Center for an Agricultural Economy   In 2016, Reeve joined the community programs team at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, a local food systems non-profit in Hardwick VT. She holds a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, a Masters of Teaching from the Upper Valley Graduate School of Education, a Vermont Professional Educator License in Elementary Education, and is an alumna of the Shelburne Farms Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy (2017-18).

Reeve Basom, Place-Based Education Coordinator, Center for an Agricultural Economy

In 2016, Reeve joined the community programs team at the Center for an Agricultural Economy, a local food systems non-profit in Hardwick VT. She holds a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, a Masters of Teaching from the Upper Valley Graduate School of Education, a Vermont Professional Educator License in Elementary Education, and is an alumna of the Shelburne Farms Education for Sustainability Leadership Academy (2017-18).



We wish to extend our gratitude to our key partners for the 2019 session of the Teacher Center at Riverside.