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Professional Development Courses for Teachers

Updated on August 24, 2017

Consider Courses at The Heritage Institute

The Heritage Institute offers continuing education for teachers, revitalizing the enthusiasm for their calling. Through workshops, field courses, global travel studies and distance courses given by more than 100 adjunct faculty members, we do our best to teach subjects in a larger context. The content we offer becomes a vehicle to learn about whom we are, our relationships to everything around us, the beauty in the world, our connection and obligation to our communities and the larger whole. We educate for the way we want to live and for the kind of world we want to live in. Our philosophy to "educate for humanity and the world we want" considers character more important than content, and the development of whole human beings above simple knowledge.

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Alien Invaders

All About Invasive Species

Alien Invaders: All About Invasive Species is designed to help you and your K-12 students can do something about the harmful, invasive non-native species growing in your community, back yard and school grounds. In some cases these plants take over important habitat for wildlife while reducing the diversity and quantity of native plants. In this course you can integrate lessons on the cultural, historical, ecological and economic impacts of invasive species and create grade-appropriate action projects for your students. Reading is online and from local libraries.

50 WA Clock Hrs, 50 Oregon PDUs, 5 CEUs or 5Quarter Credits. This online independent course may be taken for Antioch University Seattle quarter credit. The credit option requires completion of additional reading and written assignments. You may earn 5 (five) Antioch University Seattle quarter credits for this course.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." ~ John Muir

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling
Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling in the Classroom

When Lewis and Clark began their journey west in 1804, their most valuable possessions were their journals.  Humans may now have explored nearly every inch of our planet, but there is always more to see and describe.  A nature journal is your ticket to a deep exploration of the world around you.  A nature journal is a place to record your encounters with the natural world - from the everyday to the sublime. Field sketches, regardless of the degree of artistic talent with which they are rendered, force us to look closely and observe nature as it really is.

Simply put, nature journaling is the regular recording of observations, perceptions, and feelings about the natural world around you. The recording can be done in a wide variety of ways, depending on the individual journalist's interests, background, and training. Some people prefer to record in written prose or poetry, some do it through drawing or painting, and others with photographs or tape recordings. Many people use a combination of these techniques. Nature Journaling in the Classroom will help you to integrate nature journaling into your art and science curriculum. (Grades K-12)

50 WA Clock Hrs, 50 Oregon PDUs, 5 CEUs or 5Quarter Credits. This online independent course may be taken for Antioch University Seattle quarter credit. The credit option requires completion of additional reading and written assignments. You may earn 5 (five) Antioch University Seattle quarter credits for this course.

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Discover Your Heritage - Discovering Your Own Cultural Ancestry

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Immigrants from all over the world have come to the United States to live. Our population consists of individuals and groups who have different ethnic, cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds. Each cultural group has made significant contributions to the development and social customs of the United States. Originally, the first immigrants were mostly from countries in Northern and Western Europe. Since then, immigrants from other countries have come to call the United States home. With each passing generation, however, our connection to our ancestral home is lost. As a parent, I want my children to develop an appreciation for our cultural heritage and a solid foundation of our ancestry and history. Discover Your Heritage is a course designed to help you develop an integrated heritage unit for your classroom. (Grades K-12)

"Our ancestors ... possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice has placed them." ~ Thomas Jefferson

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