Field-based Curriculum Design for School Settings
DATES: February 14-17, 2015
LOCATION: Arcosanti, AZ
Applications due January 16th, 2015
TUITION: We ask participants to contribute on a sliding scale from $450 to $975, taking into account your employer’s ability to contribute and that any profit from this program goes into financial aid for our student programming. Tuition includes all meals and housing for the duration of the retreat.
This dynamic and participatory workshop will explore the nuts and bolts of field-based* curriculum. Participants will engage with field-based education experientially, reflect on their experience, and practice the skills necessary to implement it. The workshop will cover risk management and logistical planning, assessment, and engaging student partnership. The participant cohort of educators from many different backgrounds will share stories, ideas and feedback as each individual develops a module of curricula and an implementation plan specific to their professional setting.
*The Field Academy uses the term “field-based” to encompass the practice of engaging students in “the field” through an exploration of the individual, the group, and the larger systemic context. Educational terms like experiential, expeditionary, place-based, adventure education, and critical pedagogy, while not interchangeable, are all relevant.
Now accepting applications.
ABOUT OUR HOST: ARCOSANTI
Arcosanti is an urban laboratory in the desert outside of Phoenix, AZ focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. Its goal is to actively pursue lean alternatives to urban sprawl based on Paolo Soleri's theory of compact city design, Arcology (architecture + ecology). Built by over 7,000 volunteers since 1970, Arcosanti provides mixed-use buildings and public spaces where people live, work, visit, and participate in educational and cultural programs. Learn more here.
I had high expectations coming in to the Educator Retreat, but I think my expectations were exceeded considering the amount of valuable information I received in more effectively incorporating experiential learning in my instructional program, taking part in inspiring and enlightening conversations with creative and committed educators and just having a ball in an amazing setting."