This page has information for those participating in Summer 2019 Earth Partnership institutes. For a list of all offerings, and to register, visit our Institutes page.
What is Earth Partnership: Indigenous Arts and Sciences?
Earth Partnership IAS professional development institutes engage educators in ecological restoration and water stewardship rooted in Indigenous knowledge.
Community members, college students, scientists, natural resource specialists, and K-16 teachers are welcome!
Earth Partnership Indigenous Arts and Sciences (IAS) seeks to:
- Bring people together interested in linking environmental and health concerns to academic achievement in science, math, social studies, language and the arts.
- Integrate Indigenous perspectives and experience with Earth Partnership’s ecological restoration education programs.
- Partner with communities to broaden participation and generate enthusiasm among Native youth to become the next generation of environmental stewards.
- Address the needs of K-12 educators for culturally accurate and authentic resources across the curriculum to fulfill Act 31 requirements.
Institutes are held on tribal lands in each community, with additional trips to various area sites throughout the week. Contact local coordinators for additional information about trips for each institute.
All institutes involve outdoor activities, including walking, restoration work, and activities on or near water. Accommodations will be made for participants who require them. Please contact staff as far in advance as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Morning refreshments and lunch are included for all participants. Lodging is NOT provided. Limited travel support is available to those who qualify. Contact staff for more details.
For general questions, please contact the Earth Partnership central office at UW-Madison, at 608-262-9591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact local IAS coordinators for institute-specific information:
Bad River & Red Cliff IAS: Lori Lemieux (IAS@badriver-nsn.gov)
Lac du Flambeau IAS: Celeste Hockings (email@example.com)
Ho-Chunk IAS: Michelle Cloud (Michelle.Cloud@ho-chunk.com)
Urban IAS (Madison): EP Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Institute participants are eligible to receive 2 OR 3 credits (depending on total contact hours) from the UW-Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction. See the table below for information about both credit levels.
Note: Individuals who wish to apply credits for licensure requirements, professional development credit, or in-progress graduate degrees must verify with their employer and/or advisor that the credits will apply for their situation. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the UW-Madison are not eligible for the tuition waiver; full summer tuition rates apply.
All participants (credit and not-for-credit) agree to the following:
– Attend the full three institute days (8:30AM-4:30PM, Tues-Thurs)
– Implement Earth Partnership restoration education into their teaching during the 2019-20 school year.
– Attend a required daylong follow-up meeting during the 2019-20 school year, date TBD during the institute. This typically occurs on a Saturday in January or February.
Additional requirements for credit-seeking participants (see syllabus below for more details):
– 2- and 3- credit participants must complete a reflective writing assignment and action plan by the deadline specified in the syllabus.
– 3-credit participants must commit to attending at least 2 days of seasonal cultural events, to be held at various dates (TBD) in each community. Topics may include wild rice, sugar bush, storytelling, winter games, fisheries, and more. Participants may attend events hosted by Earth Partnership: Indigenous Arts and Sciences staff, or seek approval for credit for attending other events. A written reflection about participation in these events is also required.