Last week 14 teachers from around the country gathered at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a three-day professional development workshop in preparation to be Teacher Fellows this summer. In groups of two and three they’ll sail aboard National Geographic Explorer to Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian High Arctic over their summer breaks.
The teachers were selected to participate in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus, National Geographic Society and Education Foundation. The program is designed to give teachers and educators the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education, in this case through firsthand experience that they can bring back to their classroom and beyond.
The workshop, sponsored by Google Education and hosted by National Geographic Education Programs, included a host of Lindblad-National Geographic naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, a screening of James Balog’s film Chasing Ice, and a question-and-answer session with Gil Grosvenor. The group also found creative uses for technology, using iPads for a FaceTime session with last year’s Grosvenor Fellows, plus hands on data collection activities with Vernier probes, GPS units, and other tools for exploration.