A FREE Workshop for K-12 Teachers of all disciplines –Apply Now!
Essex Heritage is proud to offer Park for Every Classroom (PEC), an award winning professional development program in partnership with the National Park Service based on the model of Place-Based Service Learning (PBSL)
- Get inspired to make your curriculum more engaging by utilizing community resources such as: public lands, local habitats, museums, civic institutions, non-profits and businesses
- Learn by doing – see how immersive experiences in PBSL can help to develop the critical thinking skills and civic agency ethic our students need
What will I do at the week-long workshop?
- Discover cross-disciplinary educational opportunities and learn from experts within Essex County at organizations such as Cape Ann Museum, Groundwork Lawrence, Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites
- Develop strategies to incorporate service learning into your teaching practice
- Collaborate with other educators across the county
What do I earn for participating?
- Professional Development Points (PDPs) - PDPs will be awarded to participants who attend the week long workshop but do not wish to implement a project
- Graduate Credit – 3 Graduate Credits ($275 paid by participant) from Salem State University will be awarded to participants who attend the week long workshop and plan, implement, and document a PBSL project with students during the 2016-2017 school year.
- Mini Grants (amount TBD) – will be awarded on a competitive basis to participants who attend the week long workshop and plan, implement, and document a PBSL project with students during the 2016-2017 school year.
For more information contact Beth Beringer, Dir. Of Education Programs, Essex Heritage: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit a Park for Every Classroom Application by May 15, 2016
What do teachers say about Park for Every Classroom?
“ A meaningful and fun way to spend a week in the summer and one that has a great potential to impact your school community!” - 2014 Participant
“I started teaching in 1981. This is the best class I have taken yet to get me excited about the school year – thank you. It is nice to do something for the community, not just your class.” - 2014 Participant
"What a gift to be surrounded by other educators looking for a better way to plant the seed for life-long learning and civic engagement." - 2013 Participant
"Best professional development I have probably ever attended. Workshop was so engaging, interactive and FUN." - 2013 Participant
"I will integrate place-based learning in as many curriculum areas as possible and will look for new and exciting ways to get students out of the classroom." - 2012 Participant
"It is different learning outside. When you are in the classroom learning, the teacher teaches the information. But, when we're outside we are teaching it to ourselves." - 6th grade student
The Park for Every Classroom program is made possible thanks to generous funding from: