I am working with the City of Austin and the the Austin Independent School District to activate an outdoor learning space which was installed at an elementary school this past summer. Basically my job is to teach the teachers at the school how to teach anything outside. We'll be doing science, language arts, social studies, art, etc. outside. I'll be running professional development for the teachers and also leading some of the lessons with their students to model the lessons.
We have been discussing the long-term sustainability of this project (funded by the Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative run by the National League of Cities, the Children & Nature Network, and others) and I continue to think that the only way to make teaching outside something that happens regularly is to introduce classes like "Teaching Art Outdoors", "Teaching Math Outdoors", "Classroom Management outside of the Classroom", etc. at the pre-service level.
Which universities/teacher certification programs are doing something like this?
Ilya Shmulenson, M.Ed.