Professional Development Opportunities

One of the primary ways that the Walden Woods Project keeps Thoreau’s legacy alive is by supporting educators who are teaching Thoreau to students around the world. Our immersive, interdisciplinary professional development experiences have been called “life-changing,” “inspiring” and “enlightening.” Click below for specific information about each program.

Upcoming professional development opportunities with the Walden Woods Project:

Reading the Landscape: A Sense of Place Exploration through Art, Literature, History and Science

Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Event Details & Registration

Walden Woods, Lincoln MA

The Walden Woods Project and decCordova Sculpture Park and Museum team up again for this one-day spring professional development workshop!

This workshop will focus on the characteristics that make a landscape unique, how we identify ourselves in relation to landscape, how the history of a place (both its natural history and social history) impacts our reading of a landscape, and how we convey messages that are inspired by a particular landscape. Visits to the Walden Pond State Reservation and to deCordova’s outdoor sculpture park will offer interdisciplinary access points for these sites – and also for the sites that surround your own school neighborhood. Henry David Thoreau, other writers, and the deCordova artists will be our models for critical observation of and connecting deeply to both nature and society. The in-person session will be a highly interactive, energizing day of art, nature, and local history, which will be complemented by online sessions exploring “sense of place” applications for the classroom and offering tools for students to read and respond to their own local landscapes.

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Audience: K-12 teachers in art, science, language arts, history/social studies, nature/outdoor education, STEAM; ideal for teaching teams or teachers at the same school teaching in different disciplines

Credit Option: Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Framingham State University for an additional fee of $75 payable to FSU.

Online Sessions for Graduate Credit
Part I: March 18 – March 30, 2017
Part II: April 3 – April 30, 2017

Participation in the online sessions is required to receive the graduate credit. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of hours attended at the in-person session.

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The pricing for this course will vary based on whether or not you register for the one day or for the additional online sessions. The pricing is as follows: $125 EDCO members/$150 non-members who participate in the face-to-face session only; $195 EDCO/$245 non-members who participate in both the face-to-face and the online portion (plus $75 payable to Framingham State).

Participants who are only attending the one-day session will need to contact EDCO for a discount code via email before registering. Please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org.

 

 


Thoreau and Mindfulness

Saturday, June 3, 2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Details & Registration

Walden Woods, Lincoln MA

This workshop introduces the connections between Thoreau’s writings and philosophy and present-day mindfulness concepts. During the workshop you will: spend time with the Walden Woods Project’s resident Thoreau scholar, Jeffery S. Cramer; practice mindfulness outside, in the midst of Walden Woods; and learn how to bring mindfulness to your own classroom, workplace, or home.

Important Notes: 
Dress for the weather and walking.
You will need to bring a lunch (refrigerator and microwave available).

Audience:
Anyone over 18 years old

Registration:
email The Walden Woods Project or call 781-259-4721

Pricing: 
Public (all non-K-12 teachers): $65

K-12 Teachers:
For non-EDCO teachers: $65 for in-person session only, $195 for graduate credit ($95 paid to EDCO, $100 paid to Fitchburg State University).

For EDCO members: $50 for in-person session only, $175 for graduate credit ($75 paid to EDCO, $100 paid to Fitchburg State University). EDCO participants who are only attending the in-person session will need to contact EDCO for a discount code via email before registering. Please contact mcswineyctr@edcollab.org.

Graduate Credit Option:
Participants may choose to register for 1 graduate credit through Fitchburg State University.

Online Sessions for Graduate Credit
Part I: May 30 – June 2, 2017
Part II: June 4 – June 30, 2017

Participation in the online sessions and the in-person session is required to receive the graduate credit. All participants, including those who do not opt for graduate credit, will receive a certificate documenting the number of hours attended at the in-person session.

 


Approaching Walden 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Friday, July 28, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Event Details & Registration

Walden Woods, Lincoln MA

Approaching Walden is a six-day professional development seminar for high school educators and graduate students. The seminar provides teachers with the skills they need to lead their students in a study of their home community. This place-based interdisciplinary workshop uses Henry David Thoreau’s writings and philosophy as a model. Through Thoreau’s example of living deliberately, we can learn how to do so in our own communities and pass it along to the next generation.

Dates for 2017 are Sunday, July 23-Friday, July 28  

***Note that program times are Sunday, 1-5:30 PM; Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 AM-5 PM; Thursday, 8:30 AM-8:30 PM; and Friday, 8:30 AM-12 PM (not 8:30 AM-5 PM as indicated on the event calendar listing)

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This annual seminar features a daily mix of lectures, field trips, readings, discussions and reflection. Participants encounter speakers from different fields with expertise in the areas of natural history, writing, literary analysis, art and the environment. Seminar features include:

  • lectures on Thoreau, Transcendentalism and social reform by experts in their fields;
  • workshops on conservation and the environment, historic land use and nature journaling; and
  • trips to Walden Pond and historic Concord.

Who Participates: High school teachers of all disciplines and graduate students of education are welcome to apply.

Program Fee: $50 (submitted to guarantee your spot once accepted to the program)

Travel Stipends:  Depending on how far away from Walden Pond you live, we offer travel stipends:

  • $600 for participants living outside of New England;
  • $300 for participants living in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts (50 miles or more from Walden Pond); or
  • $100 for participants living in Massachusetts, fewer than 50 miles from Walden Pond.

Kati Outdoor classroomGraduate Credit and Professional Development Points:

  • 45 Professional Development Points (through the EDCO Collaborative)—participants seeking to receive PDPs will be required to complete a “sense of place” curriculum unit consisting of at least three lesson plans, due two weeks after the conclusion of the program.
  • 3 graduate-level credits from Fitchburg State University (for an additional fee of $285)–participants seeking graduate course credit will be required to complete a “sense of place” curriculum unit consisting of five lesson plans, due two weeks after the conclusion of the program.

For more information:  Visit Approaching Walden FAQs or send a message to Whitney Retallic, Director of Education.