Upcoming Curriculum for the Bioregion Events 2016

This year we are exploring the theme, "Fostering an Ethic of Place," and ways our affinities with places shapes sustainability thinking and practice. The Spring gathering in our conference series will be:

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 is now open for this event.

Recent Curriculum for the Bioregion Conferences

Inquiring into an Ethic of Place - January 30, 2016

This gathering, held at the Tacoma Campus of The Evergreen State College, continued our inquiry into ways that our students are considering and connecting to place in our classes.  Our participants explored the question, "How might investigating values and ways of life of our bioregion, our home place, enhance our learning and teaching about sustainability as we take up the environmental and social issues facing humanity in the 21st century?"  Gratitude to Evergreen Tacoma for hosting this conference!  Conference agenda for "Inquiring into an Ethic of Place" 

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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