Fall 2014 Update From The Eagle Rock Professional Development Center

A new trimester is about to get underway here at Eagle Rock and — just as in Septembers past — our Professional Development Center (PDC) finds itself gearing up to help schools across the country learn more about reengaging students in their own education.

Here in Estes Park, we’ve got a new cohort of Public Allies Fellows arriving on campus and the PDC team will help by launching a Strengths-based Fellowship Initiative that enables these fellows to access their strengths and talents in order to thrive in this demanding year of service and leadership.

And as we welcome six new staff members (in addition to the new Fellows mentioned above), the PDC team will be facilitating sessions for the Eagle Rock orientation for new staff.

Below is a listing of our Professional Development Center’s activities scheduled from now through the Thanksgiving holidays.

Sept. 18

Sep. 25

  • Facilitating the third monthly Google Hangout in our series with Public Allies Alumni in the education space.

Sep. 25 – 26

  • We regularly explore new opportunities for mission appropriate projects and have recently been introduced to the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives in New Orleans, La. We will be meeting with John Ayers, Executive Director, to explore intersections in our work for reengaging youth in their own education and communities.

Sep. 29

October 6 — 7

  • We’ll be hosting Rochester Public Schools (N.Y.) as a group of teachers, principals and district-level administrators look to continue their work in improving student engagement efforts.

October 8 — 10

  • We’ll be hosting Expeditionary Learning Schools where school leaders from a variety of schools nationally will convene to work on continuous improvement of their model. This is where teaching and learning inspires and empowers teachers to Continue reading…

Meet The Team: Eagle Rock Human Performance & Outdoor Education Instructor — Jon Anderson

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Jon Anderson

Today, we’re placing our blogging klieg lights on Jon Anderson, who is an Instructional Specialist at Eagle Rock where he works to integrate adventure-based activities into our science, math and human performance classes held here on campus in Estes Park. Along the way, Jon teaches our students all about environmental science, leadership, and citizen science.

Here’s his story:

Eagle Rock: What did you do prior to coming to work for Eagle Rock?

Jon: I worked at a kindergarten through 12th grade school in Denver where I taught high school history, K-8 physical education, and high school outdoor education classes.

Eagle Rock: What attracted you to Eagle Rock?

Jon: I found out about Eagle Rock initially through a professor in college. She didn’t think I’d be a very good (or very happy) traditional Physical Education teacher. When I came to Eagle Rock for a visit I was excited about the small classes and the “in your face” attitude of the place. I was also really impressed — and I still am — that the community revolves around relationships.

Eagle Rock: When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Jon: Try and be a good daddy and husband. I’m also happy to go fly-fishing and Continue reading…