Apps sought for Teacher-Ranger-Teacher positions

The National Park Service at Missouri National Recreational River is accepting applications for Summer 2011 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher positions. The deadline for applications is March 15.

Teacher-Ranger-Teachers (TRTs) are just that and can have the best of both worlds. They continue their regular classroom teaching jobs during the school year and work as National Park Service Rangers for part of the summer.

�I am very excited to receive grant funding again this year for these summer teacher positions through the National Park Service�s Youth Partnership Program. The funding will enable the park to hire up to six teachers from South Dakota and Nebraska at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for up to eight weeks this summer. There are a variety of projects the Teacher-Ranger-Teachers will be assisting with including conducting additional strategic planning for a park curriculum-based education program, developing a conceptual framework for future curriculum materials that address both state standards and park goals, developing and presenting Junior Ranger programs for youth throughout the corridor, assisting with park surveys, and several other projects,� said Anne Doherty-Stephan, the park�s community outreach, partnerships, and education director.

Teacher-Ranger-Teachers will receive a certificate documenting their professional development hours plus $300 per week. The park values the input of local teachers in the planning, design, development, and pilot testing of educational programming and materials that will meet their professional development needs as well as the academic needs of their students. The application and more information can be found on the park�s website at http://www.nps.gov/mnrr/forteachers/teacher-ranger-teacher.htm.

For questions or more information, please visit the website above, email Anne_Doherty-Stephan@nps.gov, or call Anne at 605-665-0209 x29.

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