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Facilitating adult learning is different than working with children and very few of us have explicit training in this area. Learn some tips here!
Explore what 21st Century Skills are and begin to think about how you can address them in the education programs at your site.
There are hundreds of professional development opportunities offered by national parks this resource provides a few tips to help you think about planning
The NPS Director created an Accessibility Task Force to recommend a more effective organizational approach to improving accessibility across the service.
September 2017 marks the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School where nine students shaped American history.
Building relevant educational programs in our national parks requires skill. As the interpreter and educator there are many factors that one must consider.
Share ideas and discuss how to build relevant education programs in national parks. The resources and ideas expressed here were created from the For Educators, By Educators monthly webinar.
Learn more about the Common Core and how it encourages teachers to offer up complex content for their students to analyze, look for biases, and solve problems.
This resource will help you design curriculum-based materials and activities that can be posted on the NPS Educators Portal as a lesson plan.
The NPS has an obligation to make all published educational materials accessible to people of all abilities. Learn how to fulfill 508 compliance requirements in this resource.
Learn how to integrate activities into your lesson plans to create effective and engaging lessons for students.
Designing education opportunities to measure and ensure student learning is occurring is essential, and it doesn't have to be a test or quiz. Learn alternate forms here.
Essential Questions help focus content on the crucial & important parts of a lesson. Good questions provoke thought & encourage students to think critically about the subject.
Objectives inform students of the purpose of the lesson & what they can expect to learn by the end of the lesson or activity. Learn how to create quality objectives for your lesson plans.
Access guidance on how to select and define vocabulary words for the lesson plan(s) you create for the NPS Educators Portal.
Learn how to make the background information in your lesson plan bring your park to life within the context of a classroom curriculum.
Interpreters and educators do not practice in a vacuum; they bring to their work personal experiences, values, and biases. Learn more about cultural competency and bias here!
The Interpretive Development Program (IDP) offers curriculum-based education learning opportunities for park educators through webinars & virtual courses.
Learn how a social studies teacher created an escape room experience to engage his students and allow them to demonstrate mastery of his course content.
This study investigated the immediate impacts of the EVER day (Shark Valley and Royal Palm) and residential/camping (Loop Road and Hidden Lake) programs.
Use the Rocky Mountain NP Education Team's handouts to prepare teachers, manage chaperones expectations, and train education staff.
These free webinars presented by educators from parks all over America can give you new ideas and best practices to power your education programming.
Educators have a role to play in creating classrooms where students learn to listen respectfully to different opinions and experiences
Learn more about cultural competence and the importance of helping children learn to navigate the space between what they believe and what others believe.
Learn six strategies for building strong relationships with students that are at the heart of a culturally inclusive classroom community.
Students want to be connected to their learning and in control of it. Learn how to make learning real, relevant, and relatable for student visitors.
Learn how to create an effective & engaging exercise using a Magic Maker Cube; a Magic Maker Cube has a different prompt activity on each of its six sides.
In this resource you will begin to think about your current education team and how you might be able to maximize the experience in it.
As a curriculum-based education program specialist in a national park, you have the ability to significantly impact lives; learn how an effective work environment can strengthen your team and increase the impact you make.
A long-range plan places greater emphasis on what the future will look like (develop the vision). A strategic plan focuses on how to achieve the vision.
There are many ways to collect data so that we learn from both our mistakes and successes. Learn how data allows us to make informed decisions.
Learn more about students who were tasked with creating a gravity-driven water filtration system that gets dirty water as clean as possible and the results.
The NPS Education Professional Competencies were updated in 2013 based on function (manager, developer, and facilitator) and organized by task.
Build a team, creating good work environment, developing a plan, advocating for programs, cultivating partnerships, and instituting a culture of learning.
A NPS education developer coordinates educational program logistics, collaborates with partners, facilitates development of programs, & evaluates programs.
Read the article "Our Students' Questions Should be a Top Priority" by Molly Ness to learn how to nurture and place a higher priority on students' questions.
In this article you will examine various educational theories; knowing how people learn can help to improve existing educational programs & develop new programs for park visitors.
What makes your park & education program relevant to young audiences? Use these resources to develop or improve your park's education program.
Learn how teacher Monique Trauger inspired and encouraged her students to be creative and open in a writing exercise and how can you use this technique!
Introverts are often expected to fit into the extrovert ideal which can lead to self-negation, turning inward or withdrawing. Learn 6 strategies to help introverts thrive.
This resource raises awareness of the current NPS service-wide strategic plans available as well as a new framework applicable to your individual plans.
Learn how to recognize and take action against microaggression and stereotypes so you can provide a respectful and positive experience for visitors.
In this project, students studied Native American cultures and celebrated each for their diversity and uniqueness. Learn how you can recreate a similar project at your park.
Teaching Channel’s mission is to create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow.
Use this easily browsable website to discover and develop world-class materials with a community of educators committed to diversity, equity and justice.
The techniques you integrate in audience centered experiences can have a profound impact on the visitor, our parks, and society.
This resource is invaluable for people who create learning experiences from education programs to formal or informal training for employees or volunteers.
Facilitating a visitor's connection to the story of the place through techniques and interactions (interpretation) with the resource can catalyze care.
Learn how you can use ACE to develop programs and experiences for your younger audiences too!
Learn how to align education standards to your park's education program to ensure that a higher level of learning is attained by students.
Learn how to understand your audience & choose techniques that maximize the connection students make with parks & the learning opportunities that can occur.
Learn how one individual identified her park challenges, the benefits of working with partners, ways to include them in the planning process, and assessment strategies.
Visuals aids are a great way to teach and share information on a wide variety of subjects from history to science. Visual aids are usually reserved for the classroom.