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Yes! As with all of Inside Education's programs, we pride ourselves on our 'fun-professional' approach. With this, we believe that learning occurs at its best when it is enjoyable. Our teacher professional development programs often include fun education activities, recreational opportunities and chances to just sit back and relax with fellow teachers.
All classroom teachers are invited to apply. Please note that some tours may specify that applicants must teach in a certain region. Also, for some tours, Inside Education also sees great value in extending a limited number of positions to members of the non-formal education community (e.g., stewardship groups, interpreters, education specialists, academia) as well as pre-service teachers (i.e., student teachers).
Of course! As teachers have shown us, there are many curriculum connections that can be made and while our programs are curriculum relevant they are typically not meant to be 'workshops' on one specific topic. Inside Education also believes that teachers -- all teachers -- should have a strong understanding and appreciation for our valuable natural resources and environment.
You can expect to learn and experience more about our natural resources and environment than you can ever imagine! We believe these truly are the best 'field trips for teachers' out there. Traveling as a group, you will be exposed to key people, important places, and multiple perspectives that you may otherwise not have the chance to experience. You will get the 'big picture' and be able to share it with your students.
You can also certainly expect friendly staff, knowledgeable and excited speakers, fun activities, good food, and comfortable travel and accommodations. They are full programs with plenty to see and do, but there will also be some time to collect your thoughts, and visit with your new friends.
Definitely! Inside Education's Teacher PD programs are designed to take teachers from a very basic knowledge level and make them 'experts' in their school on that given topic. Our friendly, and welcoming approach helps participants to feel at ease and lessen that uncomfortalbe feeling of "I'm the only one here who doesn't know this stuff." After all, that's why we're having these programs in the first place!
Simply click on the Apply Online button on each tour's webpage and fill our our simple online form. You will here from us regarding the status of your application shortly after the application deadline.
Applications are reviewed following the posted application deadline. Applicants are not considered on a first come basis. We put great value into hearing 'why' participants want to come and how they hope to make use of the experience. Also, many elements may also be considered when selecting applicants and can vary from tour to tour, but we typically aim for a balance of participants (e.g., geographic representation, past participation, first-time applicant, teaching situation, grade level, etc.)
Yes. All group accommodations, meals, travel, and tours that occur during the program are covered. (From time to time travel subsidies are also available for remote northern teachers, please contact us for more information). There is no catch! Inside Education has approached a number of partners that see great value in educating teachers about the complex relationship between our natural resources, society, economy, and environment. In-kind support is also key to enriching the experience of the teachers. Together, these partners have made it possible for teachers to experience a high quality learning experience at no cost.
It's easy! Inside Education understands that supply teachers cost money and we don't want that to limit your ability to attend our programs, therefore we can offer $150/day ($75/half day) to help out. You can review a copy of our supply teacher policy here.
Yes. These programs are designed to tell the 'whole story' with each presentation building on the last, so complete participation from start to finish is mandatory. Also, the group will travel as a group which makes it difficult for participants to join or leave the group during the program.
Not necessarily. Our programs are a balance of indoor and outdoor sessions, discussions, tours and activities and are not intended to be large physical undertakings such as a 3-day hike or canoe trip. However, there are some program elements that are physical in nature (e.g., raft floats, short hikes into the forest, periods of standing, changes in terrain). Should you be accepted, prior to the program we will ask you to let us know of any mobility issues you so that you may be as comfortable as possible.
Yes, you may encourage a colleague to apply. We can't always promise that you will both be accepted but it is helpful for us if you indicate on your online application form if someone you know is also applying.
Please don't hesitate to call us regarding the above questions, or any other questions you may have, at 780-421-1497. We look forward to seeing your application!