Upcoming Curriculum for the Bioregion Events 2015-16

Continuing with our "Fostering an Ethic of Place" theme, we are offering these workshops in 2015-16. Registration will be limited in all of them, so please register promptly!

Teaching with Cases to Foster Critical Thinking about Diversity and Sustainability
Saturday, November 14 at University of Puget Sound

Teaching cases offer a promising way to engage complex, real-world issues and stimulate students’ thinking and perspective-taking.  They also offer important springboards to research, writing, public speaking, and problem solving.  In this workshop, we will work through a set of cases that address issues of environmental quality, sustainability, diversity and justice, and community health and wellbeing. We will also share ways to facilitate case-analysis and small-group discussion.  Leaders: Barbara Leigh Smith and Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College.  More information and registration materials here.

Inquiring into an Ethic of Place  Saturday, January 30, 2015 – Site TBA
How are our students considering and connecting to “place" in our classes?  Is an "ethic of place" necessary to teaching about sustainability?  Does affinity with one’s bioregion or “home place” foster awareness of and ethical response to the environmental and social issues facing humanity in the 21st century?  This workshop will explore these questions, and provide an opportunity for us to share what we're doing—or considering doing—with our students.  Leaders: Jane Compson, University of Washington Tacoma, Mike Gillespie, Emeritus U. of Nebraska, and Kevin O’Brien, Pacific Lutheran University.  Registration will open in November.

Washington Center’s Annual Curriculum Planning Retreat
Thursday and Friday, April 28-29, 2016 at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way

In 1986, the Washington Center for Undergraduate Education began holding two-day curriculum planning retreats for faculty developing integrative learning experiences in the context of learning communities and Freshman Experience programs.  Since then, campus teams have come to the retreats to plan integrative curriculum for a variety of contexts, including living-learning communities, I-Best programs, and redesigned educational pathways.  Leadership for the retreat has shifted to the Washington Learning Communities Consortium, in partnership with Washington Center.  In 2016, we want to also welcome faculty teams working on the integration of sustainability-across-the-curriculum.  The two-day retreat will provide workshops, support from resource faculty, and team planning-time in an attractive retreat setting.  Registration will open in January, 2016.  

Other Conferences of Interest

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Meeting (AASHE) - October 25-28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

AASHE's annual meeting brings together faculty, students, staff, administrative leaders, and community partners from throughout North America and beyond to share and explore leading-edge ways that higher education is embracing sustainability. More information and registration information here.

2015 Elwha River Science Symposium, November 18-20, 2015 on the Campus of NatureBridge Olympic National Park, near Lake Crescent

The 3rd Elwha River Science Symposium (November 18 – 20, 2015) will be the first symposium following full dam removal of both Elwha River dams. The theme of this year’s symposium will focus upon the scientific lessons we have learned about physical processes and ecosystem responses to dam removal.  As with past Elwha River Science Symposia, this will offer a stimulating venue for scientists to share their research results describing the outcomes of dam removal and their plans for future research and monitoring. In order to encourage a wide variety of multidisciplinary research activities operating on the Elwha, the symposium will be organized into themed sessions.  Information and registration here.

Recent Curriculum for the Bioregion Conferences

Fostering an Ethic of Place - February 7, 2015
“Fostering an Ethic of Place” built on ten years of Curriculum for the Bioregion work situating sustainability studies in the places we actually inhabit. With keynote talks and eight concurrent sessions, the conference explored how we are all "placed" in distinctive ways, and how place matters and relationships matter in those places. This gathering was a launch-point for continuing work with "fostering an ethic of place" and its role in shaping healthy communities and ecosystems.  Gratitude to University of Puget Sound's Sound Policy Institute for hosting the conference! Here are some resources from the day.

Conference Agenda for "Fostering an Ethic of Place"

Conference Handouts

Community-Based Research (Lin Nelson)
   Resources for Place-Based Research and Learning (Lin Nelson)
   Place Based Learning Approaches (Lin Nelson)
   Example: Olympia Walking Tour (Lin Nelson and Zoltan Grossman)

Conservation & Restoration Ecology Exchange (Sean Watts)

Assignments that Deepen Place-Based Learning (Karen Harding and Jean MacGregor)

Links to Web-based Resources Mentioned in Conference Sessions:

Waterlines Project (Cynthia Updegrave and Roger Fernandes)

Seattle University’s Youth Initiative (Kent Koth)

Northwest Earth Institute's Discussion Courses

Curriculum for the Bioregion Curriculum Collection

Enduring Legacies Native Cases - Teaching Cases Collection (Barbara Leigh Smith and Michelle Aguilar-Wells)

Sustainability "Big Ideas" - a website created by Rob Turner (UW Bothell) of the work of the Curriculum for the Bioregion "Sustainability Courses Faculty Learning Community.

Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability 

Sustainability and Contemplative Practice - November 14-16, 2014 
This weekend gathering of the "Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Faculty Learning Community" at The Whidbey Institute supported educators engaged in teaching for a sustainable future and also interested in using pedagogies of reflection and contemplation to deepen and strengthen that teaching. This growing faculty learning community has been meeting since 2009 and continues to stay in touch via a listserv. The meeting's agenda and concurrent sessions.

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