Each summer, ten to twelve faculty from all units and departments of the University are accepted for a curriculum and pedagogy workshop that offers multi-disciplinary teaching strategies around sustainability issues, experiential learning about place, and pedagogical exercises designed to help faculty modify existing courses (or develop a new one) to incorporate sustainability themes without dislodging current course content.

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Participants commit to:

  • Attend a two-day workshop, usually held the Thursday and Friday after graduation.
  • Modify a class or assignment (or develop a course) to incorporate sustainability or environmental issues appropriate to their field.
  • Attend a follow-up dinner meeting to report on experiences and intellectual process.

Learning for the Cataldo Project participants will come in several forms.

Faculty will immerse themselves in basic knowledge through on-line readings prior to the workshop and formal presentations during the workshop. Topics that may be covered include the local Rathdrum watershed ecosystem, Spokane’s environmental justice and equity issues, public health consequences of sprawl, and current campus sustainability efforts. Outdoor river walks deepen ecological knowledge, and talks by local resource experts expand the educational experience. Concrete examples from Spokane and the surrounding region help to strengthen a sense of place and support imaginative connections for courses. Much learning also occurs in small and large group discussions.

Day 1 

Introduction to sustainability and its many meanings
Resource person I - The Lands Council 
Resource person II - City of Spokane Sustainability Manager 
Lake walk led Environmental Studies and Biology
Principles of sustainability and big ideas in your discipline
Activity - Integrative Assignment, incorporating sustainability into any class
Reflection exercise
Whole group synthesis; big ideas assignment

Day 2 
Sustainability on Campus - Office of Sustainability 
Campus as laboratory; Hemmingson Center Tour
Activity - sustainability and place
Small groups - creativity, experiential learning, team teaching
Campus as laboratory 2 - Maintenance and Grounds Manager 
8 ways to change a course to incorporate sustainability pedagogy or content
Think pair share on 8 ways
Resource Persons III - Spokane Riverkeeper 
Small groups - creativity, experiential learning
Stewardship, Sustainability, and the Great Work 
Planning and syllabus work

Apply for the Spring 2019 Workshop

The cost of attendance is $250 that is collected after you have been accepted to the program. Applications will be accepted through December 7, 2018.

Included with the event:

  • Breakfast & lunch both days
  • Pedagogy and curriculum development materials
  • A free book related to sustainability and their discipline or interests


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502 E. Boone
Spokane, WA 99258
(509) 313-5885