More than 85 educators, trainers, culture bearers, and student scholars participated in the three-day event.
The STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math) Institute: A Pedagogy of Place took place the week of July 15, 2013 on the Auke Lake campus and a variety of habitats around the Juneau area. More than 85 educators, trainers, culture bearers, and student scholars participated in the three-day event focused on creating pedagogy of place. Thought leaders, Ron Fortunato, NASA Space Ambassador, UAF faculty Ray Barnhardt, Richard and Nora Daunhauer (authors and writer laureates) and Richard Nelson (author, writer laureate, and Encounters radio host), shared insights, writings, and wisdom on the relationship between culture, science, listening and storytelling. Participants received skill building training on a wide range of topics including Google Drive, Apple iPads, NASA "worldwind" software, art and nature, writing in nature, the science of story, project based learning, and learning to listen. Participants visited natural habitats to practice inquiry based learning and culturally relevant listening. The STREAM Institute generated core video, curriculum and cultural resources on place-based education, and lesson plans that will be shared at the School of Education's STREAM website and on a DVD to be shared statewide this Fall.
Provost Rick Caulfield and Department of Education and Early Education Commissioner Mike Hanley shaking hands after signing the Alaska Learning Network Memorandum of Agreement, July 2013