Teacher Ranger Teacher

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The Teacher Ranger Teacher Program (TRT) is an extended professional development program opportunity for K-12 Educators. This program focuses on giving educators an opportunity to learn about the National Park Service educational resources, while allowing them to expand their own learn and earn continuing education graduate credits though a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver.

Over the course of several weeks, though an immersive program, TRT’s will work with park staff to develop National Park education materials or program and complete three graduate credit hours of coursework in Experiential Learning (online). Through this program educators are given an opportunity to expand and enhance their teaching skills, in a content area of their choice, while working with primary and secondary sources at Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

Springfield Armory NHS has hosted TRT’s in the past to great success and we are looking forward to working with our next TRT to develop lessons/programs to share with the community.

To learn more about the Teacher Ranger Teacher Program, visit thier website.

Teacher Ranger Teacher
Summer 2022

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. The 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.

Program Information

Application Deadline is Saturday, May 21st, 2022
Dates:July through August (Times will be determined in collaboration with our Education Specialist)

Park Name: Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Mailing Address: 1 Armory Square, Suite 2, Springfield, MA 01105
Park Contact: Scott Gausen
Park Contact Email: scott_gausen@nps.gov
Park Phone Number: 413-734-8551
Housing Availability: N/A

Stipend: 3 graduate credit hours through the University of Colorado Denver

Program Hourly Requirements: A total of 230 hours of effort; 160 hours of major educational project, 45 hours of online coursework, discussion, course readings, and 25 hours of NPS operational experiences. Schedule will be determined by consultation between the successful applicant and Springfield Armory NHS.

Additional Information: Springfield Armory National Historic Site (SPAR) is a unit of the National Park Service located in Springfield, MA. SPAR commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world's largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes.

2022 TRT Project: Using Springfield Armory’s extensive collection of oral histories, documents, and photographs, the Teacher Ranger Teacher will develop a program or activity ideally focusing on technological innovation with an emphasis on STEM education. Alternate projects could consist of creating professional development programming, developing lessons for classroom visits, and creating new lesson plans for visiting school groups.There will be an opportunity to assist with a virtual summer program as well.

To apply for the 2022 Teacher Ranger Teacher at Springfield Armory NHS, complete the Microsoft Teams Form and submit.


Last updated: May 5, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
One Armory Square
Suite 2

Springfield, MA 01105


413 734-8551
The phone is answered during museum operating hours. All other times callers will be prompted to leave a voice message that will be received and responded to during museum operating hours.

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