Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Application deadline: 5/5/2014
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is accepting applications for teachers interested in applying for the park’s Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT). The application deadline is May 5, 2014. TRT is a 160-hour professional development opportunity for licensed public and private school teachers to create meaningful education experiences for students within Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The selected candidate can earn continuing education credits and will earn a $3,000 dollar stipend at the conclusion of their season.
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher is a national program that strives to share the rich heritage of American’s national parks by providing professional development opportunities for teachers within national parks. During the TRTs summer season at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, they will develop standards-based lesson plan for students. In light of the limited transportation funding available to schools, we would like to develop a lesson plan that allows students to discover national parks in the Pacific Northwest without having to leave their classrooms. This summer, the park will host four Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns (18 – 25) who will work as a team to research and travel to local national parks. Their goal is to produce informational materials that local, urban populations can use to plan visits to their local public lands. The TRT candidate will work with this team to develop classroom materials and lesson plans based on the SCA team’s research and experiences.
This lesson plan will be submitted to University of Colorado Denver. At the conclusion of this 160-hour program, the TRT will return to his/her classroom and integrate the resources and lesson plans they created into their classroom curriculum. The TRT will also spend a portion of his/her season at the park assisting in the park’s Visitor Center, which includes greeting visitors, providing area information, answering visitor questions, and providing interpretive presentations.
These educational opportunities will culminate in a classroom celebration during National Park Week in late April of 2015. During the celebration of National Park Week, the teacher will wear his/her TRT uniform and present standards-based lessons that expose their students to the diverse resources that national parks preserve and protect.
If you are a highly motivated, dynamic and engaging educator who is currently a licensed public or private school teacher working in an accredited K-12 school, you can spend the summer becoming immersed in the rich cultural resources of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle.