Let us answer some of your questions!

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 780-421-1497 regarding any of the questions below, or any other questions you may have. We look forward to seeing your application!

Is it fun?

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.

Who can apply?

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).

I'm not a science teacher, can I still apply?

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.

What can I expect?

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.

I'm not that familiar with this topic area, is it for me?

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 uncomfortable 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!

How do I apply?

Simply click on the Apply Online button on each tour’s webpage and fill our our simple online form. You will hear from us regarding the status of your application shortly after the application deadline.

How do you select your participants?

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.)

Is it really all-expenses-paid? What's the catch?

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.

How does the supply teacher subsidy work?

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 on most programs we can offer $150/day ($75/half day) to help out. You can review a copy of our supply teacher policy:

Supply Teacher Subsidy Policy 2016

Do I need to attend the whole program?

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.

Do I need to be in top physical shape to attend?

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.

Can I apply with a colleague?

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.

What about the accommodations

Inside Education accommodations are typically same gender, double occupancy. If you know someone else attending the program and you would like to room with them we do our very best to make happen.

If you would like to room alone we just ask that you waive receiving the sub stipend in order to keep our costs on budget. If you do choose this option, you do need to let us know well in advance as we can only hold a certain number of rooms.

Finally we often get asked about bringing  family or friends that are not attending the program, the simple answer is no. We want to ensure you get the most out of this experience and have the time to network and reflect.