Thanks to a Gray Family Foundation grant, ACCF is doing teacher professional development in 2016-17, facilitated by our two school coordinators, Richard Dilbeck and Jessica Pires. Participants will gain skills in three important dimensions of ACCF’s Our Place on Earth curriculum, including:
- Outdoor/environmental education, including the K-12, NGSS-correlated GLOBE field earth system science curriculum and related human dimensions. Here is a list of the field data protocols we have adopted or developed for the ACCF site.
- Spatial data technologies, including the Oregon Explorer natural resources digital library, field iPad spatial data collection, and geographic information systems, with connection to larger technologies such as Landsat.
- Geographical concepts designed to synthesize classroom, field, and digital activities, and to situate Douglas County in a larger regional and global context.
All participating educators may download resources and exchange information via ACCF’s Oregon Educator Network group. Join today! We also will do occasional communications to participating instructors via our 2016-17 ACCF teacher professional development GoogleGroup…feel free to join.
Teachers frequently inquire as to whether use of the ACCF site has a cost. In conjunction with our funder’s request, we charge a nominal fee for site use to demonstrate shared commitment. For 2016-17, all registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may use the site without cost, but schools and other organizations are charged $1 per student/user per visit; fees go directly toward site maintenance and overhead. Prepayment of estimated annual use is encouraged! The one exception to this school rule is the South Umpqua School District, which has generously contributed thousands of dollars toward 2016-17 ACCF school coordinator staff salaries and provides additional in-kind assistance. Districts wishing to join SUSD in an annual contribution toward staff salaries may contact ACCF.
ACCF also offers partnerships providing teacher resources and training to enhance its Our Place on Earth curriculum, including:
- Center for Geography Education in Oregon, with teacher and classroom resources
- Douglas County Museum, with interpretive and archival resources and educational tours
- Douglas Educational Service District, offering technical support for participating teachers
- Oregon Explorer Natural Resources Digital Library, a map-based repository of information
- Oregon Forest Resources Institute, with a wide range of K-12 forest education resources
- South Umpqua Historical Society, administering the Pioneer Indian Museum in Canyonville
- Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub, offering STE(A)M resources, training, and equipment