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Grand Forks

Energy & Our Carbon Footprint: Teaching Climate Change, Energy and Our Carbon Footprint


University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

November 9 (9-5) and 10 (9-3), 2012

About the Institute

Institute Agenda

Teaching with technology interactively is the key to the Prairie Region Training Institutes. At the institutes, teachers learn research-based instructional strategies for using video and web-based media in the classroom. This media is used to support the integration of science content across the curriculum.

Master teachers from North Dakota and Minnesota lead several breakout sessions where they model lessons incorporating video resources from free accessible digital video websites, online interactives, and classroom activities to explain, motivate, reinforce, and reach students who are learning new concepts or material. After viewing model lessons, attendees engage in a facilitated reflective discussion.

Meals and snacks are provided at the institute. All attendees receive jump drives with copies of the hand-outs, lesson plans, power points, and other resources. This two-day institute will be held at the Energy and Environmental Research Center of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks on November 9 & 10, 2012. The institute is for PreK-12 teachers from North Dakota and Minnesota. Teachers must pre-register for the institute. There is a $25 fee for registration. Participation will be limited to 50 teachers.

Participants will need to attend the full Institute in order to receive Continuing Education Units (available from Prairie Public) or Professional Development Credit (available from UND and NDSU). In addition, teachers will also have the opportunity to create and submit their own media-rich lesson plan. Lessons must include the use of a media-rich video that supports the objective of the lesson as well as appropriate instructional strategies. Once the submitted lesson is approved, the teacher will receive a $100 stipend to help with his/her travel and hotel expenses. Prairie Public, as part of an on-going collaboration process, will then post the lesson in a web-based repository for teachers to access for their classrooms.

Master Teachers

The following individuals have been selected as Master Teachers for this Institute:Julie Costello    
Sixth GradeTeacher
Carl Ben Eilson Middle School
Fargo, NDMelinda Crimmins
Language Arts Teacher
Nevis High School
Nevis, MNSusan Geihl
Art Educator
Detroit Lakes, MNNancy Jacobson  
Grades 5/6 Technology Teacher
Frazee-Vergas Public School
Frazee, MN


Submit a REGISTRATION FORM and the $25.00 REGISTRATION FEE to Prairie Public.Schedule:The schedule for the institute can be found here. (not yet)
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Download and print the REGISTRATION FORM. Submit form and payment to:

Education Services
Prairie Public
207 5th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

UND Professional Development Credit Registration Form

If you have questions please contact us at:

Education Services
Prairie Public
207 5th Street North
Fargo, ND 58102
Email: education@prairiepublic.org
Phone: 1-800-359-6900 ext. 7537

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