The Teacher Ranger Teacher program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of Colorado Denver (CUD). The participants spend between four and six weeks in a NPS unit developing a major educational project and participating in an online graduate course from CU Denver. The goal of the program is to train teachers in the resources and themes of the NPS so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities. NPS aims to especially reach students from underserved schools and districts by recruiting teachers from Title 1, urban or rural schools and from tribal schools to participate in the Teacher Ranger Teacher program.
Park Name:Tumacácori National Historical Park
Projected Dates of Detail:June, July, August (flexible scheduling within these months)
Housing Availability: trailer pad with electrical/water hookups available
Stipend: $3000.00 upon completion of program and graduate course requirements
Graduate Credit: 3 graduate credit hours through University of Colorado Denver
Program Hourly Requirements: Total of 230 hours of effort; 160 hours of major educational project, 45 hours of online coursework, discussion, course readings, 25 hours of NPS operational experiences.
Additional Information: Tumacácori is a small park with a big story! Themes surrounding history, science, civics, literacy, and character are all ripe for exploration. The park's goal this summer is to develop a series of pre- and post-trip lesson plans that support newly developed field trip and in-class programs that explore these themes. The TRT should have strong skills in lesson plan development, Common Core standards, and creating assessment tools for teachers. Since these products will be made available on the park's website, strong skills in digital media (i.e. video and graphic design) is also desirable. During the summer, the TRT may also participate in park preservation projects, outreach events, and basic visitor services.
Download Teacher Ranger Teacher 2014 Application
Application due: May 2, 2014