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Teachers RISE

What is RISE Travel Institute's Teachers RISE Program?

Teachers RISE: Educating for a Better World Through Sustainable Travel is a five-week professional development program designed for educators. By exploring attitudes toward travel – past, present, and future – you will develop a new understanding of your relationship to the world as a traveler and educator. 

What is the Teachers RISE Program format?

  • 10-hour online professional development program

  • The program is conducted in English

  • The time commitment for the program is estimated to be 10 hours over 5 weeks, including:

  • 3 rigorous asynchronous modules

  • 1 international virtual tour curated by award-winning Mejdi Tours

  • Video lectures 

  • Asynchronous discussion board

  • One live session 

  • (Optional) capstone project

  • Opportunity to present your project at the Annual RISE Travel Institute Student Conference in January, 2023

What are the three modules included in the Teachers RISE professional development program?

Module 1: Reflecting on Where We’ve Been

​In Module 1, teachers will explore past attitudes towards travel from a personal and global perspective by identifying the impact of the extractive tourism on ourselves, other communities and ecosystems while navigating concepts of intersectionality, privilege, power and difference in the context of shifting attitudes towards travel.

Module 2: Noticing Where We Are

​In Module 2, teachers will be able to recognize the tourism industry's recent shift towards more regenerative practices and identify the role systems-thinking plays in traveling more sustainably so that they can study the long term positive impact of ethical and sustainable travel on our own travel experiences, as well as on host communities and global ecosystems and investigate ways to leverage our positions of power to help shape the future of travel.

Module 3: Aspiring Toward Where We’re Going

​In Module 3, teachers will analyze and identify gaps of previous field trips or study tours through RISE's sustainability and anti-oppression lenses, engage in a transformative virtual tour to Palestine and Israel that exemplifies impactful travel for tourists and local communities alike and [will be able to] apply the concepts of this program to create/build/conceptualize a sustainable field trip/study tour for your students.

Who are the instructors?

The Teachers RISE program is designed and taught by the RISE Travel Institute team in collaboration with academics and professionals in tourism, social justice, animal protection, and environmental sustainability.

Who should take the Teachers RISE Program?

  • Highly recommended for all primary, secondary, and tertiary educators worldwide

  • Members of school or district administration teams

  • Higher education instructors and professors in field work

  • Study abroad educators

  • TOEFL Educators / ESL Teachers / FLE Educators / SP

  • International Educators

  • Experiential learning instructors

  • Wildlife and Natural Resource instructors

  • Social Justice teachers

  • Parents interested in traveling with children

Program Schedule

Tuesday, October 25 - Day 1: Asynchronous video lectures and discussion board

Tuesday, November 1 - Day 2: Asynchronous video lectures and discussion board

Tuesday, November 8 - Day 3: Asynchronous video lectures and discussion board

Tuesday, November 15 - Day 4: Synchronous international virtual tour

Tuesday, November 22 - Day 5: Synchronous, live discussion session

How much is the tuition?

  • USD $375 tuition per person

  • USD $300 per person for 2-4 people in the same school or district enrolling together

  • USD $225 per person for teams of 5 or more in the same school or district enrolling together

  • To make our programs and courses more accessible to everyone, we adopt a tiered pricing model for individuals based in lower-income economies (Read more about our pricing model here).

  • ​Our textbooks and film resources are not included in the program cost

Why should you take the Teachers RISE Program?

  • A Shareable Digital Completion Badge for your LinkedIn profile and your digital CV

  • Increased knowledge on social and environmental justice issues related to travel through a systems-thinking framework

  • One of a kind, dual-narrative virtual tour to Jerusalem by an Israeli and Palestinian guide with Mejdi Tours, an award-winning global leader in socially conscious travel

  • Ready-to-apply strategies and tools to design impactful lessons, field trips, and/or study tours

  • Opportunity to present your project at the Annual RISE Travel Institute Student Conference in January, 2023
    Access to a cohort of like minded educators around the globe

  • Access to RISE Travel Institute’s network of values-aligned thought leaders, educators, and travelers

  • 20% off alumni rate to all RISE online programs

  • Access to RISE Travel Institute’s Alumni Online Resource Bank for further reading

Convince your school to fund this PD Program

If you wish to convince your school administration to fund your participation in this program, this is a letter you can download, personalize, and submit to your administrator. If you are interested in bringing this program to your school on specific dates that work for you and your colleagues, email us at info@risetravelinstitute.org  and indicate "Inquiry: Teachers RISE" in the email subject line.