GRAND STAIRCASE- ESCALANTE
Culturally and Ecologically Responsive Classrooms
We are thrilled at the prospect of offering a (social distancing, outdoor focused) program for teachers in Southern Utah the third week of June in 2022.
This program will take place in the red rock country of the Southwestern US. The area is close to several protected (and disputed) lands and some historical Native American sites. The objective of the program is to facilitate culturally and ecologically responsive-sustaining classrooms. We will do this through participating in workshops, group discussions and enjoying presentations by educators, artists, scientists, and members of various communities, including the Diné (Navajo) Nation. Included are also some famous hikes in the area, a visit to the Anasazi State Museum and a lesson from an outdoor survival school. Guests will overnight in Torrey, a village nestled in between Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante, as well as the Capitol Reef National Park Field Station. Masks will be worn indoors, if still necessary.
Enjoy the beautiful Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument and explore the ideas behind culturally and ecologically responsive classrooms through workshops, lectures and informal discussions around the campfire. Discover the history of the Southwest and relax in the tranquil landscape through yoga, easy hikes and good food.
Anasazi State Museum
Calf Creek Falls and other memorable places
Native American art workshop
Capital Reef Field Station
Outdoor survival hike and lesson
Hell’s Backbone Grill (as featured in the Oprah Magazine)
Experience one of the best places in the US to view the night sky
Spend 3 nights at the Capitol Reef National Park Field Station
Note: Details on the itinerary may still change
All interested educators and administrators are encouraged to apply. Non-educator guests will be considered based on availability.
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument and surrounding areas
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
2 nights of accommodation in a hotel in Torrey and 3 nights of accommodation at the Capitol Reef National Park Field Station, activities and most meals
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Travel to Salt Lake City, upgrades to different rooms, possible additional activities, travel insurance and travel to and from the airport. Please note: only shared accommodations may be possible at the Field Station. Transportation to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is available upon request.
APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMELINE
Priority Consideration: February 1st
Final deadline (if spaces are available): March 1st
Zoom interviews will be held in February and March and all selection decisions will be made by March 15, 2022. A program deposit of $300 (refundable in case of illness or other serious circumstance) will be due upon acceptance. Program balance must be paid in full by May 30, 2022.
SEE THE PROGRAM FLYER ABOVE
Note: Itinerary details may still change
Granite school district art specialist and Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award 2017 recipient
Director of Native American Curriculum Initiative at CITES, and American Star of Teaching Award 2006 recipient and contributor to local news
DR. BEN ABBOTT
BYU Ecosystems Ecology Professor and climate change researcher
DR. JOSE ENRIQUEZ
Founder and CEO of Latinos in Action, recipient of the White House Bright Spot for Hispanic Education and president of Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents-Utah
It’s a new world of travel and GEA is ready to navigate it safely and comfortably with our participants and partners in mind. We believe the benefits of travel outweigh the risks - when appropriately managed. GEA will be doing everything to navigate the situation on all our summer 2022 programs and to help everyone feel secure and comfortable. This means we may sometimes go above and beyond safety protocols in the US and abroad. There are also many ways you can personally manage a safe and happy travel experience and GEA will help remind you along the way.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary in consideration of Covid-19 and other unforeseen circumstances.