This year’s Summer Institute participants will discover:~ What nature- and place-based early childhood education is and whyit’s such a hot topic in ECE today.~ Ways to align their current teaching practices with the pedagogyof nature- and place-based learning.~ How to plan nature- and place-based experiences for young childrenthat are developmentally and culturally appropriate, inclusive, and linked toearly learning standards.~ Current advocacy efforts for increasing inclusive and equitableaccess by all children to nature- and place-based learning.~ Potential community resources and partnerships for increasinginclusive and equitable access to natural environments for children andfamilies.
Participants will receive:~ Year-long project development support from a Summer Institute Mentor~ Valuable resources and user-friendly materials to support integrating nature and place-based activities in your own program~ Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education Certificate for participation in Prescott College’s Summer Institute~ Professional development hours
1. define nature & place based ECE2. discuss current research supporting the benefits of nature- and place-based experiences for young children3. connect their current teaching practices with the pedagogy of nature- and place-based learning.4. plan nature- and place-based experiences for young children that are developmentally appropriate, inclusive, and linked to early learning standards.5. advocate for inclusive and equitable access by all children to nature- and place-based learning.6. identify potential community resources and partnerships for increasing inclusive and equitable access to natural environments for children and families.
Presenter/mentors will be expected to:~ Arrive early on the first day of the Institute (June 10) to assist with set-up and participate in a team meeting~ Lead one nature-based activity during arrivals to engage participants and begin building community~ Be present for all Institute meals, workshops, presentations, and activities and engage positively with participants~ Lead one workshop or presentation on an agreed upon topic that intentionally links to one or more of the Institute objectives (see above).~ Stay late on the last day of the Institute (June 14) to assist with clean-up and participate in a wrap-up meeting~ Reach out to core group of mentees (4-6 participants) at least 4 times over the course of the following year.~ Respond to mentee communications and requests for support in a respectful and timely manner throughout the year.
Presenter/mentor minimum qualifications:~ 2+ years experience in nature- and/or place-based programming for young children or a related field (e.g. environmental education, early childhood education, museum/zoo/aquarium outreach)~ Experience developing or implementing nature- or place-based programming or curriculum for young children or families~ Ability to engage in clear, respectful communication with diverse groups of people~ Ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people~ Ability to approach challenges creatively and with a curious mind~ Bachelor's degree or higher in an applicable field (preferred)~ Experience providing professional development or educational support to adult populations (preferred)~ Past participation in an NPECE Center Summer Institute as a participant or presenter (preferred)
Presenter/mentor compensation:~ 4 nights of accommodation in a shared room in on-campus housing ~ 12 meals throughout the Institute~ All participant resources (binder, books, handouts, etc.)~ $1000 Presenter/mentor stipend~ Up to $250 travel stipend available