Ridgeview High School Teachers Selected for Center for Geography Education Summer Institute

Two Ridgeview High School teachers have been selected to attend a 13 day Megalopolis tour from June 19 through July 2 sponsored by the Center for Geography Education in Oregon.

Teachers Ben Parsons and Steve Reeves have been selected as part of a group of 20 Oregon educators to attend. The group will engage in an exploration of the historical geography of the Northeastern Seaboard. The group will visit five major metropolitan regions of the Boston-Washington corridor to understand the history of the physical and human geography of Megalopolis. The group’s model lessons and other work products will be shared as a resource with teachers throughout the state.

The Center for Geography Education in Oregon, which is housed at Portland State University’s Geography Department, designs travel experiences with strong geography content and sound pedagogical and field experiences that inform and contribute to classroom practices.

The program is designed to improve geography instruction in Oregon’s K-12 classrooms. The competitive selection process was open to any Oregon classroom teacher. The Center for Geography Education in Oregon pays for each teacher’s airfare, all lodging, guided tours and admissions, daily continental breakfast, some dinners, and ground transportation. The program is funded by a generous grant from the Gray Family Foundation, honoring John Gray’s intent to provide travel experiences for K-12 teachers.

“We are both honored and excited to be selected by the Center for Geography Education in Oregon for this amazing trip.” shared Ben Parsons, Ridgeview High School social studies teacher.

For questions or more information, please contact Kelly Richard, communications coordinator, at 541-923-8233.

About Redmond School District

Located in Redmond, Ore, the Redmond School District serves more than 7,000 students from Redmond, Alfalfa, Crooked River Ranch, Eagle Crest, Terrebonne and Tumalo.  The district currently operates five K-5 elementary schools; two K-8 community schools, two middle schools, one charter school, one educational center and two comprehensive high schools. Its mission is to ensure rigorous and relevant instruction which leads to mastery and the development of productive citizens.  Learn more about RSD online at www.redmond.k12.or.us.