Teacher Ranger Teacher Applications 2014
The National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program is an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools to learn about the resources and educational materials available through the National Park Service. TRTs perform various tasks depending on their interests and the needs of the park that focus on education programs of the NPS. TRTs spend the majority of their time engaging with park education projects, learning about park resources, and developing lesson plans to use in their classrooms and in the park with students. TRT experiences also include exposure to a variety of work performed in National Parks by employees from many career fields in the service. When TRTs return to school in the fall, they spend part of their classroom time presenting their TRT projects to their own students and to a wider education audience. These presentations can be connected to NPS outreach during National Park Week in April or at other times during the school year.
Arkansas Post National Memorial is accepting applications from teachers interested in this challenging and fun opportunity for the summer of 2014. One teacher will be selected as Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT), working with park rangers for 6-8 weeks to develop lesson plans focused on park resources. Duties include observing, preparing, and presenting educational or public programs for Family Fun Days on Saturdays during June and July.
Training in interpretation and the National Park Service mission will be provided. The park will also provide uniform shirts and a $3,000 stipend for 230 hours of work. Teachers will have the opportunity to earn graduate education credit through the University of Colorado Denver (tuition paid by teacher); more information at http://www.teacherrangerteacher.org/credit.php
Selected teachers must be willing to undergo a Federal background investigation.
Park Housing is not available
The nationwide TRT program focuses on teachers from schools with ethnically diverse student populations, who have had little or no experience with national parks or limited opportunity to explore them. Teachers from Title I schools are encouraged to apply.
Interested teachers may download the application form below. Email, fax, or mail the completed application to the address on the form
Application deadline is April 21, 2014
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by that date
Did You Know?
During the 18th century, Bear's Oil was a valuable trade commodity at Arkansas Post. A French trader claimed that "one sometimes draws more than 240 litres of oil from one bear".