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Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Professional Learning Series

The Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) will present a free, biweekly Professional Learning Series this school year for K-12 educators and community members in the Western U.P. to enhance Great Lakes stewardship, facilitate outdoor learning, deepen understanding through place- and project- based learning opportunities, and foster a community of learners. SCECHs are available for these sessions. 

The first virtual session, Tips & Strategies for Engaging Students in Outdoor Learning, will be led by Kathleen Harter, the Program Director for Interpretation & Education at Keweenaw National Historical Park and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 4:30-6:00 pm. 

Read below for more information.

Date/Time:  4:30-6:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 22

Target Audience: K-12 classroom/online teachers, informal educators, and parents planning outdoor instruction. 

Credit: 1.5 SCECHs

Cost: FREE                              

Session Description: Discuss techniques for keeping K12 students engaged and inspired to learn and how to create enjoyable outdoor classroom experiences. Learn program logistics, how to create effective outdoor classroom settings, managing student behavior, promoting curiosity, and favorite outdoor classroom tools. Explore adaptations due to Covid, such as NOT using shared teaching tools that multiple students would need to handle, making use of found natural objects, ideal group sizes and maintaining social distancing outdoors.

Presenter: Kathleen Harter has been the Program Director for Interpretation & Education at Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet since 2005. She worked as an outdoor educator at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Acadia National Park in Maine, Glacier Bay in Alaska, and several Great Lakes parks including Isle Royale and Pictured Rocks. In her Park Service experiences with outdoor education, Kathleen has worked with K-12 classes and facilitated day-long educator workshops on geology, natural history, stream ecology, and human history, in addition to leading outdoor art programs, family groups, overnight camping trips, and programs for blind, at risk, and gifted and talented students.

TO REGISTER: click HERE and receive the Zoom Meeting Link Information 

Watch for more biweekly webinar topics coming soon!

This is a joint project between the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative which is a collaboration of the Western UP MiSTEM Network,  MTU’s Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and regional partners to connect schools and communities in the stewardship of Lake Superior and its Watershed. 

Funding for this is through grants awarded by: MiSTEM Network Advisory Council, NOAA B-Wet, and NASA/MSGC Virtual Field Exploration. 

About Author

Emily Gochis
Western U.P. Mi-STEM Network Regional Director Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Program Director
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