Education

THE INSPIRED CLASSROOM – 3 QTR Credits

Course No. ED476a, ED576a

This unique course is designed for teachers to take advantage of any experiential opportunity that inspires. As educators, we continually adapt, grow, and evolve our curriculum to meet the needs of our students and community. As reflective practitioners, we often ask our students; What moves you? What do you want to learn more about? What are you getting stuck on? What are you wondering? Rarely, however, do we make space to pause and consider this for ourselves.

This type of inquiry is essential, relevant, and necessary to the deepening of our craft as educators.  This is where the opportunity lies for our practice to be inspired and transformed anew. There are an incredible variety of local, regional, and national events, meetings, and more informal gatherings outside of the usual academic camps or clinics, which can help you bridge these provocations from dreams to reality. Teachers interested in sparking new learning for themselves and/or their classroom community may pursue their professional development needs by taking part in these experiences that help build, evolve, inspire, and innovate their practice.

Required text will vary based on the instructor's recommendations.

This course is appropriate for teachers K-12.
 

WHAT QUALIFIES:
Events and experiences qualify which relate to a teacher’s professional situation and can include: social justice conferences, community organizing or building conference, sustainability conferences, events, community film viewings, global and eco-service learning, school garden or habitat restoration, renewable energy education, relocalization, local food ecology, activist events such as marches and demonstrations, environmental justice, peace, and human/animal rights, climate justice study, sense of place studies, eco-travel, eco-literacy, self-study, sustainability/social justice/peace project design and implementation, corporate and media responsibility, youth leadership coordination, some art projects, speaker engagements, compassion and nonviolent communications, meditation, emotional/spiritual intelligence training, eco-spiritual study, events put on by the educator themselves, including the planning, and more.

WHAT DOES NOT QUALIFY:
General curriculum development, general classroom management, special ed., differentiation, general assessment, cultural history, summer travel, safety and health, collaborative or neighborhood projects NOT directly relating to teacher’s provocation to bring to classroom.

Some of these activities may qualify IF they are deepened to encompass these areas. For example, you may not earn clock hours for general summer travel. However, if you conduct cultural/environmental service work or focused research on your travels within the United States, and apply it as a social justice or sustainability lesson in the classroom, then your national travel would qualify.

RETROACTIVE PROJECTS:
Previous activities or projects completed before registering for The Inspired Classroom course do not qualify for clock hours or continuing education quarter credit. There are some exceptions; please contact the instructor if you would like your proposal to include recent retroactive activities connected to a current project.

The school administrator or department head's approval is required before clock hours or continuing education quarter credit is awarded. A Heritage Institute Authorization Form is available online after you register.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • Applied their experiences and learning to relevant classroom curriculum.
  • Gained a wider and more meaningful breadth of knowledge and experience related to their chosen activities
  • Gained insight and perspective on current inquiry and act as a catalyst for positive change in their classroom and/or greater community
  • Discovered new opportunities to network with individuals and organizations that can enhance their student’s learning
  • Implemented specific student service learning, field trip, multimedia, leadership, conference attendance or other special-student collaborative and experiential learning

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