Harpers Ferry, WV (March 11, 2015) – Educators are invited to apply for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) 2015 Trail to Every Classroom program (TTEC) through March 15. TTEC, a professional development opportunity, trains educators using a hands-on approach to then educate and connect their students to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and their local community.
TTEC promotes a conservation ethic, civic participation, and healthy lifestyles by training K-12 teachers to use the A.T. as an educational resource. The program consists of two workshops, one in the spring and fall, as well as a weeklong summer institute course at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.
Launched in 2006 in partnership with the National Park Service, the program offers educators the resources and training to use place-based education and service learning in and beyond the classroom walls. This method of teaching encourages students to solve local community problems while offering a hands-on learning experience. Participants rediscover the outdoors and sense of exploration while learning effective, meaningful ways to lead others in their own discoveries of nature, physical challenges, and the distinctiveness of their own communities.
“I’ve been in education over 45 years and attended a lot of workshops, but when I participated in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Trail To Every Classroom program a few years ago, I learned new and effective ways to get my students actively involved and to make my course content meaningful and important for them,” said Tom Ottinger, executive director at the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. “The program is appropriate for K-12 teachers in any subject, and encourages teachers of different subjects to work together.”
Through a cumulative workshop series led by national experts in Place Based Service Learning, each teacher creates an experiential learning curriculum based on the state or Common Core standards of learning for their discipline. Each hands-on curriculum integrates the study of A.T. resources for urban and rural communities, and is supported by a strong network of teachers and students from Georgia to Maine. Ongoing support is also provided by the ATC, National Park Service and the local trail management volunteers and partners in the local community.
Individuals or teams of teachers are asked to submit their applications by March 15.
For more information or to download the application visit www.appalachiantrail.org/ttec.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]