Professional Development Listed by Dates & Opportunities

    Wenatchee Naturalist 12 week course

    Starting Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Organization: Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education

    Tuition is $365 and includes supplies, a field journal, and a loaned mini-library and hand lens. Clock-hours for teachers are available.

    Starting on Sept. 26, Instructor Susan Ballinger teaches the twelve-week Wednesday evening course (6-8 pm) and four Saturday field trips held on Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, and Dec. 1. Field trips explore habitats along the White, Entiat, Columbia, and Wenatchee River corridors, guided by expert guest field scientists.

    If you are looking for a way to deepen your connection to both the natural and human aspects of our collective home, consider becoming a Wenatchee Naturalist! Registration is now open for the next 50-hour Wenatchee Naturalist course offered by Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Continuing Education, Sept. 26-Dec.19, 2018. The course is designed to allow participants to meet new friends, discover lovely local places to visit again, and to gain new eyes for the natural wonders of North Central Washington. To date, 188 people, ages 12-81, have completed the course.

    The interdisciplinary course includes readings, lectures, handouts, guest scientists, labs, and nature journaling. Field trips explore three ecosystems (shrub-steppe, riparian, & dry forest) focusing on 100 common species of the Wenatchee watershed. Every class includes hands-on activities and practice using a science field journal.

    Race & Pedagogy National Conference

    Sept. 27–29, 2018
    Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation

    Every four years, the University of Puget Sound and the Race & Pedagogy Institute welcome more than 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage issues of race and to discuss the impact of race on education. Each conference builds on the success of the last and contributes new perspectives to the conversation.  Join us, September 27 - 29, 2018, to explore the theme Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation.  Major sub-themes are: Rupturing the Logics of Domination: Urgencies in the Project of Justice; Undoing Miseducation: Reclaiming and Rewriting Narratives of Liberation; and Radical Transformations: New Publics, New Social Contracts.

    The Conference will include Keynote, Spotlight, and Concurrent sessions.  Conversation Spaces will be built into the program to multiply opportunities for more informal interactions among attendees around selected topics drawn from the formal sessions. As part of the Institute’s commitment to understanding the arts as public pedagogy, the fine and performing arts will speak, in campus and community spaces, to the trauma and costly yields of entering the archives of painful histories of dehumanization and internment; to the similarly and differently turbulent and violent crossings through which migrations, genocide and enslavement have been wrought; to Tacoma’s own struggles for justice over the course of many years.  The Conference will also feature a Youth Summit for middle and high school students built on the Institute’s engagement with Washington State public schools.  In addition, a conference strand designed by PreK-12 educators will focus on Unlearning Racism and wrestling with issues of representation, curriculum, and pedagogy in public schools and teacher preparation. 

    Clock hours and professional development credits will be available for local statewide educators.  Conference participants will have access to a digital program platform that will serve as a guide for choosing and moving through the Conference program to craft a rich educational experience and for making connections with other attendees.

    Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Conference 2018

    When: Saturday, September 29, 2018  9 am - 4 pm
    Location: Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle Southeast, Bellevue, WA 98007

    This conference will help schools, families and communities understand Social Emotional learning and inspire them to work together to create welcoming and engaging school environments where families can feel comfortable, confident and supported, and where every student can develop social skills and competencies to succeed across all aspects of our global society.

    Who should attend?
    Parents, educators, administrators, community partners, students, policy makers, early learning and special education professionals and anyone supporting the well-being of children and youth.

    Why should you attend?
    When schools and communities commit to promoting Social Emotional Learning they position themselves to develop partnerships to ensure that our education system is equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive for all students. Join us and participate in Design Circles, hear inspiring speakers and learn from diverse communities and educators as they discuss these three guiding principles: Professional Learning, School-Family- Community Partnerships and Cultural Responsiveness.

    Breakfast, lunch, free parking, clock hours and STARS for educators.  
    School District Purchase Orders accepted at
    Scholarships available for parents and students. Contact: info@


    Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference
    University of Washington

    Date for Session Proposals: October 5, 2018
    Conference: Feb 25-27, 2019

    The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is an opportunity for collective direction and solidarity in higher education for our region. As political, social and environmental issues become more complex, WOHESC convenes and empowers stakeholders who are driving leadership and generating solutions for a more sustainable, just and equitable future. Our aim is to both enliven the role of higher education in the future of Washington and Oregon and the role students play in a future world.

    WOHESC 2019 will continue its work advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through thematic elements, speakers and attendees. We aim to examine systemic change and generate dialogue that guides and inspires action.

    Conference Strands include:

    • Social Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    • Engagement

    • Academics

    • Innovation and Leadership

    • Community

    • Operations

    • Planning and Administration

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    NAAEE National/International Conference in Spokane WA
    Environmental Education: A Force for the Future
    Location: Spokane WA Conference Center
    Dates: October 10-13, 2018

    Choose from a wide variety of concurrent sessions in six strands:
    • Building Leadership for Environmental Literacy
    • Connecting with Nature
    • Conservation and Environmental Education
    • Educating for Sustainable Communities
    • Green Schools and Career-Connected Learning
    • Linking Research and Practice to Increase Impact

    NAAEE Conference Schedule at a Glance

    Wednesday, October 10
    • Pre-conference workshops* (full day and half day)
    •  Pre-conference field trips*
    • Opening Reception, including Share Fair, authors’ Corner and exhibit Fair (starts at 5:00 PM)
    • Conference Opening with Keynote Speaker: Brady Pinero Walkinshaw

    Thursday, October 11
    • Concurrent sessions
    • Plenary Panel: Democracy, Civic Engagement, and Environmental education with David Orr
    • Exhibit Fair Luncheon, including affiliate Welcome
    • Poster Session
    • HMI BioInteractive Short Film Screening
    • Spokane Suds Stroll*
    • Free night: Enjoy Spokane!

    Friday, October 12
    • Concurrent and plenary sessions
    • Exhibit Fair
    • eePRO Groups Brown Bag Lunch

    • E3 Washington Sessions: Climate Science Education, "Green" Jobs & Career-Connected Learning and Student Symposium.

    • E3 Washington post-session reception. Join us for a chance to talk with fellow Washingtonians about environment and sustainability education.

    • Annual Gala and Auction

    Saturday, October 13
    • Concurrent sessions
    •  Awards Luncheon
    • Closing Panel: EE 30 Under 30 Honorees

    Sunday, October 14
    • Post-conference field trips*

    Act Now to purchase Exhibit Space or Ad Space on the NAAEE Conference program.

    Want to Volunteer?
    Volunteers have two options for reducing conference registration rates: work a four-hour shift and attend the rest of that day for free (Thursday or Friday only),or volunteer for eight hours over the course of the conference and earn free registration. Meals are not included. Contact us at
    Consider joining the E3 Climate Science and Green Jobs workshops and receptions on Friday October 12. This conference is going to be an amazing opportunity for environment and sustainability educators to gather and learn in Spokane.

    Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops

    Organization: Community Based Social Media
    Date: October 22-25, 2018
    Location: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA
    Cost: $545-1,161

    The cornerstone of sustainable and healthy communities is behavior change. Sustainability requires that individuals and businesses engage in diverse actions, such as reducing waste, increasing water and energy efficiency, altering transportation habits, and protecting native species. Healthy lifestyles require individuals to make smart food choices, exercise, avoid smoking and excessive sun exposure, and engage in a myriad of other actions.

    Research demonstrates, however, that the traditional approach of using ads, brochures or websites to encourage behavior change simply doesn’t work. A new approach, community-based social marketing, is now being used effectively in numerous programs across the globe. We invite you to attend a workshop with the founder of community-based social marketing, Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, as the training provided will fundamentally change the way you think about program delivery.

    To register

    Basket Weaving Workshop

    Organization: Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
    Date: November 3 from 9:00 am - November 4 at 3:30 pm
    Cost: $250

    Colville tribal member and master basket maker Juanita Conrad leads a two-day retreat-style workshop in the traditional craft of pine needle basketry.

    A love of the outdoors inspires Conrad’s work and all of her baskets are made from locally sourced pine needles found in the ponderosa forest near her Inchelium home. Conrad does not keep careful track of her pieces, but she knows that some of her baskets have made it as far away as France, with several scattered across the United States in private collections. Her creations range from the practical umbrella stand to the whimsical cup and saucer.

    The museum-sponsored workshop will take place in a private home with sweeping views of the valley. Guests are invited to unplug and reconnect with the natural world in a relaxed environment designed to nurture learners at any level. For Conrad, working with the natural materials is a reminder of a childhood of roaming the outdoors.

    The retreat is limited to 6 individuals. All materials and supplies are provided and all skill levels and experience are welcome. Lunch is included.