PD opportunities outside Virginia



The  Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:

  • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ NGSS ~ STEM
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Kristie Reddick, The Bug Chicks; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:

  • Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTSPeru Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments.
  • Explore conservation and sustainability via hands-on workshops with indigenous communities.
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village and explore the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
  • Work with fellow educators and develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating  standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into your classroom.

PLT Certification, BirdSleuth, and other resources included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional.  $1100 scholarship deadline February 1, 2018.  With a scholarship, Academy Program fees are $1395 + air.  Space is limited to 30 educators – Register early to secure your spot!

Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy

Contact Educator Academy Director, Christa Dillabaugh, for more information: Email:  christa@amazonworkshops.com  // phone:  1-800-431-2624.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization

Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1600 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credits and optional graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO’s trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $250 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.

GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.

GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2018: Argentina and Brazil, Bangkok to Hanoi, Colombia, Camino de Santiago, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India and Nepal, Madagascar, Ireland, Armenia and Georgia, Paris to Rome, Multi-Stan, Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam/Cambodia, and, The Balkans.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.




SUMMER 2017 TEACHERS INSTITUTE: Montréal and Ottawa: June 25-30

“Québec and the Evolution of Canada” is a unique professional development opportunity providing participants with foundations in history and geography plus contemporary cultural insights through first-hand experience.  The content is taught by academic specialists and is designed to meet Common Core, C3, and state standards.

K-12 teachers, curriculum coordinators and administrators with teaching background in social studies,geography, history and/or French, in addition to pre-service teachers, are welcome to apply.

Registration: US$699 covers transportation during the Institute, lecturer fees, admission to educational sites, curriculum materials, double-occupancy at four star hotels, and some meals.

 Registration: www.umaine.edu/teachingcanada/2017-summer-teachers-institute/


Fulbright Award in Teaching Short Term for K-12 Educators

Announcing the launch of the 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program Online Application for K-12 educators! Teachers may travel to Botswana, Colombia, India, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, South Korea, or Vietnam. View individual project summaries for details on program opportunities here.

Review the eligibility requirements and application details. Application deadline is Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization

GEEO offered the following travel programs for 2017: Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India/Nepal, Bhutan, Ireland, Armenia/Georgia, Multi-Stan, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Southern Africa, Vietnam/Cambodia, and the Balkans.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.

2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program

Looking for a professional development opportunity to take you to places like the Galapagos, Arctic Svalbard, Alaska, and Antarctica? Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program brings exemplary educators committed to geography education on expeditions aboard Lindblad Expeditions ships to these locations and more in 2017. Applications are now being accepted for 2017 fellows.

Named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus of National Geographic and the Education Foundation Board of Governors, the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program extends his legacy of excellence in geographic education by recognizing the efforts of K-12 formal and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico through this unique field-based experience.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 EST on December 31, 2016. To learn more and submit an application, please visit http://nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/grosvenor-teacher-fellowship/

96th National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
December 2-4, 2016, Washington, DC: Civic Learning and Cultural Inquiry in a Changing World

Since the NCSS annual conference is in DC this winter, there will be no Fall VCSS state social studies conference.  Be aware that there is a special registration link for Virginia teachers to receive the discount for local educators!  (If you register via the regular NCSS registration link it will cost more!)

Individuals may register online at www.socialstudies.org/conference/local_registration. You may also use the attached individual form. Groups should use the attached group form to get the reduced fee.

The Program for Teaching East Asia, the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado, July 24-28, 2016

Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues.. Rolling Admissions. Final application deadline: April 30, 2016. In this four-day residential summer institute on the University of Colorado Campus, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea’s distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend.


EXPLORE CUBA WITH NCGE, July 18 – 26, 2016.

The goal will be to see, experience, and learn about Cuba on its own terms, rather than simply through the lens of Cuba’s relation to the United States. On this 8-day trip, we’ll get to know Havana, and also take excursions to other notable sites in western Cuba.

Activities and excursions will focus on different aspects of geography, including historical, cultural, urban, economic, and physical geography, the geography of agriculture and food, and US-Cuba relations. On a broader level, the field trip will provide field-based learning for geography educators, develop educational resources for teachers, and demonstrate the importance of experiential learning.

Registration deadline is May 1.  Cost is $2,700. For more information go to http://www.ncgeconference.com/#!blank-3/f0n6z

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Johnny Finn, Trip Organizer, john.finn@cnu.edu, or
Melissa Lepak, NCGE Events Coordinator, mlepak@ncge.org


The 2016 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will provide up to 10 U.S. K-12 teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to a conference in San Francisco and to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. The program, administered by Fulbright Japan and funded by the Japanese and U.S. governments, is fully-funded with the exception of some meals. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Up to 10 educators from Japan will travel to the U.S. in late April, and up to 10 educators from the U.S. will travel to Japan in June. At the end of the program in each country, all 20 educators will gather for a few days of joint collaboration.

Please visit the program website at http://www.iie.org/Programs/ESD for more information or to start an application. The application deadline is January 20, 2016. Contact esdteacher@iie.org with any questions.


The 2016 Seminar: Education in Ireland combines the study of the Irish Educational system with an overview of Irish History, Literature and Culture. We study best practices in Irish curriculum, instruction and assessment including international benchmarks. While we review all aspects and levels of Irish Education including special education, you will also have the opportunity to focus your study in the subject area of interest.

The costs for tuition and accommodation are listed on Page 2 of the Brochure. You can register for the Seminar by completing the preliminary registration form in the brochure.

While this is an extraordinary opportunity to study another educational system, we also enjoy all there is to see and do in the West of Ireland. We go to the Galway Town Theater, attend a performance of Traditional Irish Music, we visit schools, talk to local teachers, we take you on trips to Connemara and Inishbofin Island and Omey Island, the Burren in Co. Claire and to the Clonmacnois monastic site in the mid-lands, all with University faculty as guides to give you an insider’s view of Ireland.

$1000 Scholarships available

TThe July 1-11, 2016 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:

  • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree (PLT); Lilly Briggs (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Christa Dillabaugh, Amazon Rainforest Workshops; and Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; and work side-by-side with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:

  • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
  • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.

PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 ASU PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional.

$1000 scholarship deadline February 1st, 2016.  Program cost is $1375 + air for scholarship recipients. Space is limited! Register early to secure your spot!

Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html. Contact christa@amazonworkshops.com or 1-800-431-2624


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