Summer Institute Presenter/Mentor Application
Hello and thank you for your interest in joining us at the NPECE Center's 2019 Summer Institute! This is an application for folks who are interested in acting as a presenter/mentor. This is a new role this year, and we're very excited about offering this opportunity! Please review the information about this role in the section before moving on to the application section. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. You can call: (760)672-6357, text: (760)672-6357, or email: sarah.foglesong@prescott.edu.
2019 Summer Institute Participant Information
This year's inspiring, hands-on, and experiential professional development event will take place June 10 - 14 in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. Collaborate with a passionate and diverse group of early childhood educators during our 5-day early childhood educator Summer Institute.
The Summer Institute fee includes materials and resources, four nights of lodging on campus and two to three meals a day. Enrollment is limited and a non-refundable fee of $100 is required to hold your place. As a part of the enrollment process, each participant will be asked to identify a nature- and place-based project they can develop during and after the Summer Institute. Registration opens February 18th.
To register online, please visit: www.prescott.edu/sifece. For questions and more information, please contact Ellen Bashor, Program Coordinator, at 928-350-2235.
The Summer Institute is offered annually by the Prescott College Center for Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education with the generous support of the George B. Storer Foundation.

This year’s Summer Institute participants will discover:
~ What nature- and place-based early childhood education is and why
it’s such a hot topic in ECE today.
~ Ways to align their current teaching practices with the pedagogy
of nature- and place-based learning.
~ How to plan nature- and place-based experiences for young children
that are developmentally and culturally appropriate, inclusive, and linked to
early learning standards.
~ Current advocacy efforts for increasing inclusive and equitable
access by all children to nature- and place-based learning.
~ Potential community resources and partnerships for increasing
inclusive and equitable access to natural environments for children and
families.

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

Summer Institute objectives (aka planned learning outcomes):
Following this Institute, participants will be able to:

1. define nature & place based ECE
2. discuss current research supporting the benefits of nature- and place-based experiences for young children
3. 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.

Summer Institute Presenter/Mentor Role
Presenter/mentors will play an integral role in providing Summer Institute participants with a high-quality experience by building community, leading engaging workshop sessions, collaborating one-on-one and in small groups with participants on real nature- and place-based projects, and connecting with a small core of participant mentees throughout the following year to provide continued resources and support.

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

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