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!

Inquiring into an Ethic of Place  Saturday, January 30, 2015 – at The Evergreen State College's Tacoma Campus.

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 the week of December 1st, 2015.

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

2015 “Sustainability across the Curriculum” Leadership Workshop

Applications are now open for this excellent workshop scheduled for January 7- 8, 2016, at Emory University in Atlanta.  For faculty leaders of all disciplines, workshops involve an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, outdoor place-based activities, and planning.  Participants also reflect on their own roles in the transformation of higher education, receive readings and organizational materials, and share challenges and strategies with supportive fellow leaders. Over 500 campus leaders from across the US and eight foreign countries have praised the workshop. Led by Peggy Barlett, co-editor of Sustainability in Higher Education: Stories and Strategies for Transformation.  For more details and application, see    Deadline is November 13.  For questions, please contact Sarah Whitaker,

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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