Over the last decade, 430 teachers have impacted thousands of students in over 200 schools through ATC's education workshops
ATC Education Objectives:
- Host four regional workshops in Place Based Service Learning along the Appalachian Trail annually. Workshops allow for diversification of teaching practices, and increase school/community connections through economic, social, and environmental aspects.
- Provide instruction, resources, partners, and a network for participants and alumni through a community of practice.
The four regional workshop locations are chosen through criteria such as:
- Does the school/district broaden our reach to diverse communities?
- Has the school/district expressed interest?
- What partnerships does this area leverage?
- Which designated A.T. Communities does it support?
- Does it serve communities near the Trail?
- Is it working towards building a team of trained teachers from one school district?
1) A Forest For Every Classroom workshop for metro-Atlanta teachers in northern Georgia. Partners included: Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, Greening Youth Foundation, US Forest Service, Len Foote Hike Inn education staff, and recreational outfitter REI. Read More
2) In Massachusetts, teachers from throughout Berkshire County were invited. Partners included: A.T. Community representatives from Great Barrington, Dalton, and North Adams, Appalachian Mountain Club- Berkshire Chapter, Greenagers, Flying Cloud Institute, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Great Barrington Land Trust, NPS RTCA.
3) In Virginia, ATC partnered with the Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation to host an August TTEC workshop designed to arm teachers with tools and inspiration to make the most of a grant opportunity created by the designated A.T. Communities of Glasgow and Buena Vista. The two-day workshop was based at Natural Bridge State Park, and included hands-on outdoor learning with a STEAM focus each morning and curriculum development in the afternoons. U.S. Forest Service and State Park personnel and volunteers from the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club supported the workshop as well as the teachers’ ongoing curriculum projects.
4) ATC’s Mid-Atlantic region is home to the greatest density of TTEC alumni, so an alumni workshop was held for eight active alum from five different school districts at the Kirkridge Retreat. A Potomac Appalachian Trail Club volunteer who is also a retired teacher and National Park Ranger assisted with instruction. The highpoint was listening to the alum tell their stories about what TTEC has meant for their professional development and their students.
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