This summer on June 18th through June 19th, travel with a group of Iowa educators on their navigation through the explorations of Lewis and Clark and through the Loess Hills. Through this workshop you will gain information from credited experts, receive materials and resources for you to take back to your classroom, and also earn one UNI workshop credit. For more information about the traveling ecotour or for how to sign up, please click here.
We have an outstanding team of lead educators who will be teaching/co-teaching these workshops and we offer the workshops to you at a very reduced rate of $75 per UNI credit hour (graduate or undergraduate GEOG credit).
UNI undergraduate Social Science Education students, Blair Miller, Sibyl Cox, and Mollie Ullestad presented their INSPIRE-related curricular materials at the 2014 National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Boston, MA in November. Along with Dr. Alex Oberle, they co-presented a poster describing how to integrate high-altitude ballooning, a text set, and lesson plans into the classroom. They met with geography educators from around the country, and shared their lesson plans and classroom ideas.
The GAI hosted Dr. Dick Boehm and Dr. Carmen Brysch from the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education (Texas State University). Dr. Boehm and Dr. Brysch co-led sessions at the inaugural IA Department of Education "Best Practices in Social Studies Institute" in Des Moines. Institute topics included "Teaching With the Stars" and on-line mapping.
The GAI co-hosted a geography/literacy workshop at North Polk HS with the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC). The workshop provided the resources and expertise to develop a model "text set" that links geography content with the Common Core E/LA. Model text sets will be posted on the GAI site in the coming months and examples include US westward expansion and evaluating Brazil's World Cup and Olympic investments considering the nation's socioeconomic gap.