From Coal Trains to Classrooms: Cross-Border Trade, Energy and Environmental Issues in the PNW

Date: Thursday 27 June 2013 (9am-3:30 pm)
Location: North Seattle Community College (Map and Directions)
Registration Form: You may register Online or By Mail.
Registration Fee: $50 (includes instruction, lunch and certificate for 6 clock hours). Free parking on NSCC campus.
Teacher Awards: $50 awards given to all who submit a lesson plan based on the workshop (due 9/1/13).
Sponsors: US Department of Education Title VI Program and the Canada-America Society of Washington

What are the real-world implications of shipping coal through ports in Washington? How will re-negotiation of the Columbia River Treaty affect salmon, flood control, and electricity supplies in Cascadia? Why are Alberta oil sands and expanded Northwest pipelines important issues for Washington State? This 1-day workshop offers Current World Problems (CWP), Geography, AP and regular U.S. and World History teachers the opportunity to earn 6 clock hours while learning about vital regional concerns that make headlines in our state. These are the issues that today’s students and tomorrow’s decision-makers need to understand.

WWU faculty will reveal how integrally “connected” energy resources and energy products are on both sides of the border. Specific issues such as coal ports, pipeline politics, and hydro-development will be explored. Rationales and opposing viewpoints will be reviewed with particular attention paid to Aboriginal voices that are helping shape debates and possible outcomes.

Speakers include Joel Connelly ( columnist), Paul Storer (Chair and Professor at WWU’s Department of Economics), David Rossiter (Associate Professor at WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment), and Don Alper (Director of WWU’s Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute). Tina Storer (Education and Curriculum Specialist at WWU’s Center for Canadian-American Studies) and Bill Nicolay, teacher and debate coach at Snohomish HS, will help transpose program content to classroom activities that align with state EALRs, CBAs and Common Core literacy standards. Snohomish HS students will present a public forum debate relating to the issues as a model for classroom practice.

Registration for WWU summer programs at North Seattle Community College is now closed.

Lunch and 6 clock hours included.