Last year in 2014, Fort Vancouver NHS was one of thirteen national parks in the Pacific West Region selected to receive funding for a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) professional development opportunity.
For the current 2015 fiscal year, there is no funding to have another TRT program at Fort Vancouver NHS however, please read below to learn more about the TRT program.
The following questions and answers help explain and the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program in the National Park System.
What is Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT)?
The National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) 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.
Teachers participating in the TRT program will have the opportunity to engage in parks and park resources, participate in a webinar about lesson planning, develop at least one lesson to be used in their classroom or school, assist the park with an education project, and increase their understanding of place-based learning.
This program will offer teachers a unique opportunity to infuse their teaching skills with NPS-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education resources and the use of primary sources and place based learning.
Administration of the program, professional development hours and graduate credit hours will be made available to participants through the University of Colorado, Denver (CU Denver) through a cooperative agreement. While participating in the TRT program, teachers are considered "student interns" at CU Denver. Upon completion of the TRT program requirements, TRTs will receive a $3000 stipend and three graduate credit hours from CU Denver.
The emphasis of this program is to link National Park units and teachers from schools with underserved student populations in urban and rural school districts. Teachers perform various tasks depending on their interests and the needs of the park that focus on education programs of the NPS.
TRTs spend most 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. Their experience will also include exposure to a variety of work performed in National Park units by employees from many career fields in the service.
When TRTs return to the schools 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.