The Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) program is a professional development program for K-12 teachers that provides educators with the tools and training for place-based service learning on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). In partnership with the National Park Service, the program offers resources and instruction to engage students in their local community, all while growing academically and professionally.
The TTEC program:
Place-based service learning is a method of teaching that empowers students to solve real needs within the community while offering experiential learning. Studies prove this method increases student achievement, community involvement and environmental responsibility.
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To download and read the Trail to Every Classroom Manual, click here.
For more information about the TTEC program, email [email protected].
The curricula provided below was developed by teachers within the TTEC program. The curricula may be replicated or modified to meet the diverse learning needs of students at different grade levels and within different academic disciplines.
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Please contact [email protected] if you are a teacher and would like to send an update or edit to your curriculum or if you have new curriculum to add.
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“I cannot WAIT to go back to school... I'm excited to share all I’ve learned with my students. After 18 years, it's awesome to find a program that has gotten me to that place again.” – TTEC participant
“Students in Chip Donahue’s third grade science and social studies classes don’t just study about the environment, they go out into the environment to experience nature first hand...For these reasons and more, the Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation has awarded the 2012 Golden Apple Award to Chip Donahue.” – The Roanoke Times, September 22, 20125
“(Blue Ridge Middle School) Keyboard instructor Shannon Allen has been named the Shenandoah University 2012 Teacher of the Year...She also works to bring learning outside of the classroom. For example, her class can often be found hiking around western Loudoun, and then following up those hikes with in-class writing assignments on what they experienced.” – Leesburg Today, April 30, 20126