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Teaching Geography in the 21st Century - online 5 week course - June-July 2015

Greetings and Last Call for this course:

Below is an online course I am teaching in June and July for educators, that some of your K-12 educator colleagues and friends might be interested in.   The course is 5 weeks long, beginning 24 June, offered through enetlearning.org.  There is a modest ($85) fee for eNet to support and deliver the course.  Video and description below.  Each week, there are a few readings/short videos, a discussion forum, a hands-on activity (including the use of ArcGIS Online and a few other ArcGIS Online-based tools such as the Change Matters viewer and the Urban Observatory), and a short quiz.  If your colleagues (or someone you have been training in your own PD sessions) are seeking a way to move forward in geographic thinking and geotechnologies, this may be just the thing !

Joseph Kerski



COURSE SYLLABUS:  Geography in the 21st Century Syllabus


Fundamental to geography is the study of issues surrounding land use, natural hazards, population, economics, land use, and political issues, which will be emphasized in this course. However, as geography encompasses all that is in the world, at multiple places, scales, and time periods, it is impossible to cover its breadth in the short time that our course will run. Therefore, this course will touch on these issues but will focus on how to use 21st Century perspectives, themes, and tools to teach these issues.

Rural, Urban, Economic, Land Use, and Population Issues: Over the 5 weeks of this course, participants will deepen their understanding of and ability to effectively teach population dynamics (including such concepts as settlement, land use, age, birth rate, growth rate, and human-environment interaction), land use issues (such as zoning, sense of place), urban issues (such as historical and current development of cities, site vs. situation, and challenges facing cities), and economic geography (including industrialization, employment, measures of development).

Core Geography Themes: Embedded in studying these issues are core geography themes such as considerations of scale in patterns and processes, interpreting maps and analyzing geospatial data, understanding and explaining the implications of associations, networks, and interconnections among phenomena in places, defining regions and the regionalization process, and understanding the nature of and limitations of geographic data.

Spatial Perspectives and Tools: The spatial perspective is critical to understanding geographical content and processes. Being competent and confident in the application of the spatial perspective to geographical understanding enhances and strengthens our ability to communicate and teach about human geography. A number of powerful web mapping and related tools are now available for the geography instructor, and this course builds familiarity and confidence in using these tools through a series of hands-on activities.

The CELL: Counter Terrorism Education Learning Lab

Girl Scouts Social Innovator Clinic
June 27, 1-3PM at the CELL

Register today for the CELL's Social Innovator Clinic for the Girl Scouts. Participants will discover, connect and focus on public safety as it relates to your communities and schools while fulfilling requirements for the Social Innovator badge. Public safety professionals will help facilitate and enhance the Social Innovator workshop. Register Here!

Nominate a colleague for the Jackson Center/NCSS Award for Teaching Justice

Please consider nominating a colleague for the 3rd Annual Robert H. Jackson Center National Award for Teaching Justice.  Given in conjunction with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the award honors an educator who “teaches the concept of justice in creative, inspiring ways, which may include teaching about civil liberties, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Holocaust, genocide studies, or local issues of justice.”

Named after Nuremberg Chief Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson, the award comes with a $2,500 cash award and official recognition as a “Jackson Center Outstanding Educator”, with airfare or mileage for the winner’s travel from their city of residence to the 2015 NCSS Annual Conference in New Orleans to accept the award in person this November.

Nominations are due by June 26, 2015, with further information available here.


Online Summer Course Offering: Principles and Foundations of Environmental Education

This professional development course is aimed at classroom teachers and non-formal educators who would like to gain basic knowledge of environmental education (EE) and how it can be incorporated into instruction.

Course Details
Dates June 1 - August 9, 2015
Cost $125 for CAEE member
$160 for non-CAEE member

Credit Two optional graduate-level recertification credits are available through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program for an additional fee of $90.

Exceptional History/Social Studies PD Opportunity

In July 2015 the Civil War Trust will hold its Annual Teachers Institute in Washington, DC. The Institute is free to participants and the Civil War Trust can provide travel scholarships. Please see the link below and share with teachers who might be interested.


18 SEP Ashbrook program in Colorado Springs

We've opened registration for our first fall program in Colorado: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/venue/colorado/

We've already got people registering, so feel free to pass that along to your CCSS network.

We are also planning on fall programs in Denver and Fort Collins.

Holocaust education opportunity for CO educators

The Levine Institute for Holocaust Education of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks to train the nation’s teachers to encourage their students to learn about the Holocaust, to reflect on its meaning for today, and then to act responsibly as members of the national and global community.

We are pleased to offer The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators. Secondary teachers and community college instructors with fewer than five years’ experience in teaching about the Holocaust are encouraged to apply. The workshop is free of charge and includes many classroom resources. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses.

A generous number of $1,000 scholarships are available to teachers, especially those in geographic regions or whose student populations are defined as underserved by the Museum --- and our funder is particularly interested in Colorado educators.

More registration information and application, please visit our website.

Author Tanya Stone available to come to your school

Author Tanya Lee Stone will be in Denver September 20-22, 2015.  She will be speaking on the influence of Barbie on American culture at the History Colorado Center during that time. Stone is an author and educator and would love to come to your school for student writing workshops while she is here.  

Stone has won many awards for her work. She is a nationally acclaimed author of more than 100 books for children and young adults. Stone often focuses on little- or unknown nonfiction stories of extraordinary people or events, filling in some of the missing gaps in our history. Some of her books include Almost Astronauts, Elizabeth Leads the Way, Sandy's Circus, Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald, and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie.

Stone will be in Denver September 20-22, 2015 (can extend to 24th if needed) and available as a visiting author for elementary, middle, or high school students. 

Bringing Tanya Lee Stone to your school brings you more than any other author visit. Students will be engaged in presentations that focus on showing them how best to approach their own work. Stone teaches kids how to research their topics, ways to write first drafts, what revision really means, and how to dig in and get results for their writing. Her overall goal is to get kids excited about their own reading and writing projects. 

Stone can tailor presentations according to ages/grades. She can do multiple days, or share a day among schools that are physically (very) near each other. There are some sample programs on her website. A day consists of either three 60-minute presentations or four 45-minute presentations.  For more information visit Tanya's website http://www.tanyastone.com/school-visits.html or contact her directly at tanyastone@tanyastone.com

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