A blog following teacher Aaron Jura as he plans engaging, yet relevant English Language Arts content for High School students in New Orleans, LA.
The week before a trip I am usually a mess -- house is a disaster, running all around town picking up "necessities", etc. But, for some reason the stress of travel hasn't hit me yet. Maybe this is because I am traveling and getting paid to do it!
As some of you know, I was made aware of summer teacher travel opportunities last year. In 2015 I went to NYC for an amazing seminar with Gilder Lehrman Institute at Columbia University on the Underground Railroad. This year, I have accepted two (back to back trips) one with the USS Midway Institute for teachers and the other with the National Endowment for the Humanities on Appalachian storytelling. From June 27th through July 8th I will be in the beautiful city of San Diego, CA aboard the USS Midway -- learning all about the Cold War and Vietnam war. From July 10th through the 30th I will be at Shepherd University in WV learning all about the unique regional literary voice of Appalachia. While these applications are competitive, many summer teacher institutes pay for travel and lodging and some even pay you a stipend. YES, that's right -- I am getting paid to learn and travel this summer. Sadly (or happily) from these two trips I will make about 20% of my annual salary in stipend payments.
Anyway, before I left I wanted to share some resources -- in case you might be interested in traveling or looking into summer teacher travel.
Here are a few links:
EDUTOPIA - No-Cost Summer Travel for Educators
TEACH TRAVELING - 24 Teacher Travel Opportunities
GEEO - Global Exploration for Educators Organization
I will be sure to update the site with resources from these trips and photos. I hope you are enjoying your time off and spending a bit of time enjoying life.
Mr. J is a high school teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. J believes in the power of educators to help children and families achieve. Follow his blog for tips and techniques to keep engagement high and student achievement at the forefront.