GRAND STAIRCASE- ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT:
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 second week of June in 2021.
This program will take place in the red rock country of 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 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, the Capitol Reef Station and a lesson from an outdoor survival school. Guests will overnight at the Capitol Reef Resort in Conestoga wagons, with A/C. 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)
Sleep in luxury Conestoga wagons
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
Accommodations in a luxury Calistoga wagon that sleeps 5, all meals, activities and travel to and from the airport
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Travel to Salt Lake City, upgrades to different rooms, possible additional activities, travel insurance, souvenirs and other personal items
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, 2021. 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 June 5, 2021.
SEE THE PROGRAM FLYER ABOVE
Note: Itinerary details may still change
COVID statement: GEA is committed to providing a safe experience for all participants. We do this by social distancing in pods of 5 teachers (each in their own luxury Conestoga wagon), wearing masks inside and enjoying activities and discussions outdoors as much as possible.
Granite school district art specialist and Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award 2017 recipient
Content creator for College Board for New York City Metropolitan Area, AP human geography teacher extraordinaire, and TEDx speaker
DR. JOSE ENRIQUEZ
Founder and CEO of Latinos in Action (recipient of the White House Bright Spot for Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Excellence in Hispanic Education) and president of Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents-Utah
Director of Native American Curriculum Initiative at CITES, and American Star of Teaching Award 2006 recipient and contributor to local news
Director of Navajo Strong, influencer, and coordinator for American Indian/Alaska Native Education for Provo City School District
DR. BEN ABBOTT
BYU Ecosystems Ecology Professor and climate change researcher