TEACHER WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

The Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education offers numerous FREE and low-cost workshop and institute professional development opportunities. They vary in length from day-long during the school year to week-long in the summer and often have CEUs or free graduate credits available to participants. In addition, there are several programs offered by professional organization that we recommend.

SUMMER 2014

EXPLORING GEOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS WITH THE LATEST GEOTECHNOLOGIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Macalester College and U of M Learning Technologies Media Center, St. Paul, MN
July 7 – 11, 2014 — THIS INSTITUTE IS FULLY ENROLLED.
Explore the frontiers of geographic education with a group of motivated, fun-loving teachers. This one week institute is designed for high school teachers with the desire to develop and enhance their standards-based geography course(s). We will complement the geography content with the latest in geotechnologies and also strategies for meeting the requirements of the common core English Language Standards. Two semester graduate credits are available at no cost to those teachers who complete all class requirements or equivalent CEUs. A limited number of room and board scholarships are available for teachers living more than 50 miles from Macalester College and all participants receive a daily stipend of $30.

NEW AGRICULTURAL CITIES: AUSTIN, MN AND IT’S HINTERLAND
Austin, MN
July 15 (10am) – 16 (4pm), 2014 — REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
Come join MAGE while we explore Corn Belt city of Austin, Minnesota, and its environs.  This two-day workshop will focus on the development of urbanization in Minnesota outside of the Metro Area. The urbanization of Austin, home of the Hormel Foods Corporation, is a perfect case study of the new economic and demographic growth in Minnesota and the Midwest. Hormel, one of the world’s largest food companies, significantly impacted the development of Austin.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the growth of Austin, the history of the Hormel Foods Corporation and its connection to Austin, the surrounding community and the world. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about projects the city of Austin has developed to further enhance its economic development – such as the revitalization of Main Street and the Vision 2020 project.  We will not forget the basic industry of the Midwest – FARMING.  We will have specially arranged field trips to both a local swine farm and a local dairy farm.  MAGE will grant 16 CEUs to participants.  Workshop Fee:  $50 Includes double occupancy/overnight housing, lunches and dinner (optional), and CEUs. Note: non-local participants are responsible for their travel to and from Austin.

CROSSING THE CURRICULUM WITH AGRICULTURE
July 28 & 29, 2014
Attendees will tour and engage in learning about Minnesota agricultural production, processing and distribution. The summer tour application is available under What’s New on: www.mda.state.mn.us/maitc  The cost is just $25.

FALL 2014

GEOFEST Minnesota 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014