Extreme Learning for Teachers - May

Dates: May 23, 2019

Meets: Th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (optional MOR Tour 4:15 - 5 p.m)

Location: Museum of the Rockies

Registration Fee: $35.00
Optional MoR tour: $0.00

The Museum of the Rockies, Extreme History Project, and Yellowstone Writing Project have partnered to offer educators a unique opportunity to earn 3 OPI renewal units. Participants will be encouraged to attend an optional self-guided tour of the museum before registration. Our PIR sessions start at 5:30 in the Redstart classroom (basement of the Museum of the Rockies). We then attend the Extreme History Project lecture at 6:00pm in Hager Auditorium and return to the Redstart classroom for light refreshments, a writing prompt, and discussion over the lecture.

May's lecture is People and Place: the Seasonal Round in the Old North Corridor presented by Jill Makin

The Old North Trail running along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front was an indigenous transportation corridor central to an historic food system. Archaeologists are confident native people followed large game animals into this area between retreating ice sheets some 12,000 years ago. The unique topographic and botanical attributes of this windswept corridor created a vital landscape that nurtured native buffalo culture through the 19th century. As part of a larger indigenous environmental history, Jill Makin's research documents ancestral ties to this bioregion through foodways and examines the relationship between biodiversity and cultural diversity.

Fee:   $35.00

Museum of the Rockies

600 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59717

Emily Nelson

Emily (Hoogestraat) Nelson. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2005, I packed my car and headed West for my first teaching gig. For the next two years I taught 8th-12th grade English in Twin Bridges and joined Belgrade High School’s English department in 2007. I teach a wide variety of students and English classes at BHS and also serve as their assistant teacher librarian.

I have always identified myself as a writer and deep thinker and am eternally grateful to the teachers who empowered me to build these self-perceptions. Campy in my approach and ever the rhetor, I have made it my life’s work to help my students experience the joy and power strong literacy and critical thinking skills can yield, much like my teachers did for me.

Most importantly, though, I’m a mom. My son Franklin and husband Matt are the most precious people in my life. We love adventuring, spending time in the mountains, and playing in water of all sorts.

Since attending the 2011 Summer Institute, The Yellowstone Writing Project has been vital to my development as a writer, teacher, and human. Thus, it is a privilege to serve on their leadership team as a liaison for our Museum of the Rockies partnership, a collaborator in our partnership with the Ivan Doig archive team at Montana State University’s library, and a counselor at our annual youth writing camp.

Participants will receive 3 OPI Renewal Units


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