Summer offers educators the chance to play student for a while and brush up their professional skills in the process. This year, the Kenai Peninsula will have a wide array of course offerings.
Workshops for teachers slated
This year, educators have access to an array of professional development courses on the peninsula. Most offer college credit. Offerings include the summer arts and literacy institutes in Soldotna, seaside science excursions near Homer and more.
For details, go to the Web site of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us and click on the link in the upper right corner that says "summer staff development opportunities here on the Kenai" or phone Dorothy Gray at 262-9805, ext. 281.
Biologists offer teacher training
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the University of Alaska Anchorage Environmental and Natural Resources Institute will conduct a free workshop for teachers on June 11 and 12 at the refuge's outdoor education center. The title is "Watershed Bioassessment Monitoring Awareness Program for Classroom Use," and it applies to kindergarten through grade 12.
It will provide educators with information and skills to design and use watershed monitoring projects focused on aquatic ecology. Information provided will help educators better understand ecosystem and watershed concepts and how to use bio-monitoring tools specifically developed for Alaska.
All participants will receive continuing education credit.
For more information or to register, call Vicki Davis at 262-7021 or Elaine Major at (907) 257-2731.
Course retraces expedition
"The Harriman Expedition Then and Now: 100 Years Later" is a course to be offered Aug. 2 to 5 at the Kachemak Bay Learning Center near Homer.
Participants will boat to Seward to meet with members of the reenactment of the Harriman Expe-dition as the sailing expedition stops over in Seward. Instructors Roger Pearson and Dorothy Gray will focus on writing and Alaska nature and geographic history.
The course is sponsored by the Alaska Writing Consortium, Alaska Geographic Alliance and University of Alaska Southeast.
The course will be ED 593, offered at two credits. A $490 fee includes water taxis, meals, lodging and tuition. A credit fee of $50 is extra.
For more information about the expedition visit: www.pbs.org/teacher
month_science.shtm or call Nancy DeCherney at (907) 465-8754.
Workshop targets special needs
The Homer affiliate of the HANDLE Institute will offer a course on massage for the special needs child. The course is designed for parents, healthcare providers and other caregivers for children. It will be June 26 to July 2 in Homer.
It will cover ways to use massage to promote health, relaxation and positive communication.
The instructor will be Marybetts Sinclair, author of "Massage for Healthier Children" and a licensed massage therapist.
Cost for the week-long workshop is $500. Included in the fee is a copy of Sinclair's book plus a workbook.
For more information on HANDLE, check out the organizations Web site at www.handle.org. For more information about the workshop or to sign up, contact Cathy Stingley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (907) 235-6226.
District changes August training
Last fall the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District surveyed staff to gather input on professional development needs. Rather than meeting in one centralized location, staff preferred to meet closer to home. As a result, the August in-service sessions will be in three regional sites: Homer, Seward, and the central peninsula.
n Aug. 15 -- Central peninsula schools, plus Tebughna and Cooper Landing, will meet at Kenai Central High School.
n Aug. 16 -- Homer area schools, including the Russian village schools and the across-the-water schools, will meet at Homer High School.
n Aug. 17 -- Seward, Hope and Moose Pass schools will meet at Seward.
The custodial in-service will be Aug. 6 at Soldotna High School. Contact Dave Spence for details.
All secretaries will meet Aug. 15 at KCHS and will remain at KCHS with Melody Douglas.
For more information, check out www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/staffdev or call Dorothy Gray at 262-9805, ext. 281.
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