Example: 3 QUARTER Credits = 2 Semester Credits
From stardust to us: how can the emerging story of the Universe give a sense of meaning to our role as planetary citizens? Orienting ourselves in a whole context can engender a sense of wonder, belonging, and interconnectedness. The new scientific story of life’s emergence, in all its beauty and complexity, helps to ground us in purpose and a recognition of our magnificent 13.9 billion year heritage.
Inspired by teachers, writers and scientists including Thomas Berry, PhD., Brian Swimme, PhD., Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD., Janine Benyus, David Orr, Connie Barlow, Drew Dellinger, Jennifer Morgan and others, help your K-12 students to think beyond the confines of our “consumer cosmology”, offering new perspectives that empower them to make conscious life choices. Learn how the story of the universe integrates the sciences with the humanities while encouraging student's natural desire to understand the world around them and their place in it.
Utilizing video, experiential activities, poetry, internet and multimedia resources, you will explore cosmic storytelling and ancient wisdom, the birth of galaxies, Gaia theory, life processes such as photosynthesis, and life’s evolving story. The Universe Story is an integrating theme combining holistic and creative learning relevant to social studies, health, science/ecology and art.
Required textbooks for credit level participants will be an additional cost of $10 for The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos (6-12 grade teachers)or $10-$14 for one of the Jennifer Morgan texts (K-5 grade teachers).
Hours or Credits to be earned:
NOTE: Text is required ONLY for 400/500 Credit Reqistrants
Grade K-5: Morgan, Jennifer. (2002). Select one from the three part series:
Grade 6-12: Swimme, Brian. (2002). The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity & the New Story.