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

USING MAPS AS PRIMARY DOCUMENTS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY LESSONS
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
June 16 – 20, 2014  (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

MAGE will collaborate with the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to offer a special institute on using maps as primary documents in geography and history courses. The institute will focus on using maps from the Library of Congress’ (LOC) digital archive as primary documents to create inquiry-based lessons, which will enable students to master selected benchmarks in the new Minnesota Graduation Requirements for Social Studies.

The proposed institute will bring together map specialists and master teachers to provide a rich learning and curriculum development experience for twenty-five, 3rd – 12th grade teachers.  Participants who complete all course requirements will receive 2 semester graduate credits at no cost. In addition, participants will receive a $25 daily stipend for their attendance.  A limited number of room and board scholarships are available for participants living more than 50 miles from the college; scholarships will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis.

CULTIVATING GEOGRAPHIC CONNECTIONS IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY: A CROSSROADS OF AGRICULTURE, REINVENTION AND INNOVATION
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
June 17 – 19, 2014
Make your way to the Red River Valley of North Dakota/Minnesota this summer to experience firsthand how the misplaced cities of Fargo-Moorhead emerged on a landscape welcoming to agriculture but highly unfriendly to human settlement.

TEACHING CANADA
June 17
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN
How much do you know about our neighbor to the north, or about the important relationship between our countries? Canada and the United States are connected by economics, politics, and geography, shared and diverse cultures, and a storied past. “Teaching Canada” will provide insight into historical and modern Canada, and resources and strategies to help teachers incorporate Canada into the classroom. Participants will view historical maps, visit a traveling exhibit on the War of 1812, gather content from experts, and walk away with classroom ideas.

EXPLORING GEOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS WITH THE LATEST GEOTECHNOLOGIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Macalester College and U of M Learning Technologies Media Center, St. Paul, MN
June 23 – 27, 2014 – THIS INSTITUTE IS FULLY ENROLLED.  If you apply now, you will be put on a waiting list and notified if an opening occurs.
Explore the frontiers of geographic education with a group of motivated, fun-loving teachers. This one week institute is designed for middle school teachers with the desire to develop and enhance their standards-based geography course. 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.

MEETING THE NEW ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS
June 26, 2014
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN
Presenters will guide teachers through discipline-specific standards, as well as overarching themes of the revised standards. Participants will also have an opportunity to have mediated discussion time with other teachers in their grade level. This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Social Studies Education, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education, the Minnesota Council for Economic Education, Learning Law and Democracy, and Minnesota Council for the Social Studies.

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.  If you apply now, you will be put on a waiting list and notified if an opening occurs.
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
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 2014SAVE THE DATE! – Saturday, October 11, 2014