The Middle School Outdoor Leadership Program (MSOL) aims to build capacity within OUSD Middle Schools, grades 6-8, so that more students will have opportunities to participate in outdoor experiences. This bold initiative will include free outdoor leadership professional development workshops for teachers and afterschool staff, access to free outdoor equipment loans from Bay Area Wilderness Training, funds for field trips, and stipends for teachers and afterschool staff.
To participate in the program:
- Your school must be an OUSD public school serving grades 6th through 8th.
- Two middle school staff members (one afterschool and one school-day) must complete the online application form.
- Complete steps 1 and 2 before February 10, 2018.
If you have any questions about the application process or eligibility please email email@example.com
Application Deadline: February 10, 2018
Here is a short video about how Urban Promise Academy incorporates outdoor programming into their school using assistance from Bay Area Wilderness Training
Why should your school site participate in the MSOL Program?
As an MSOL site, your school will receive $1,000 to be used for an overnight camping field trip. Additionally, stipends of $280 will be awarded to the two staff from each school site. These lead staff must be one school-day teacher or administrator and one afterschool staff member. The skills and training they receive will help them plan, organize, and lead an outdoor experience for your students in 2018, and build their capacity to sustain outdoor programming at your school for years to come.
What are the benefits of outdoor experiences?
Outdoor experiences can benefit your students and your school site in multiple ways. The trips help to build students’ social and emotional learning skills, including resilience, self-confidence, healthy relationships, and stress reduction. Additionally, students gain valuable experience when they touch, smell, feel, and learn about nature first hand. These experiences provide special opportunities for teachers to inspire learning across multiple subjects including Next Generation Science Standards, English Language Arts, and California history. For your school site, this is a unique opportunity to build stronger partnerships between school-day and after-school staff. This collaboration can help your school site achieve its mission, vision, and goals, by creating an integrated school-day and afterschool culture and community.
How can my school site participate?
Your school must be an OUSD public school serving grades 6-8.
Identify one middle school teacher or administrator and one middle afterschool staff member to serve as school site lead staff for outdoor programming. These two lead staff must submit a joint application before the deadline of 2/10/2018 and participate collaboratively in all MSOL trainings and meetings.
If your school site participated in the program last year you may apply to participate again. See more information below about returning sites.
The principal and the afterschool lead agency director must, sign off on the application, commit to providing time for staff to attend all MSOL trainings and meetings, and commit to providing additional staff support to meet OUSD’s required 1:10 adult-to-student ratio for overnight field trips.
What is the full commitment that staff and school sites make?
One school-day and one afterschool staff member fully participate in all MSOL trainings and meetings including one Frontcountry Leadership Training and 3 cohort meetings:
- Tuesday February 27th, 6:30pm to 9pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training
- Saturday and Sunday March 3rd and 4th, overnight camping training at Tilden Park in Berkeley
- Tuesday March 13th, 6:30pm to 9pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training
- Saturday March 24th, 11am to 2pm at Bay Area Wilderness Training.
Organize and lead at least one overnight trip between March 1 and October 31, 2018 for a minimum of 20 students
Commit additional staff time to support chaperoning the trip with youth OUSD’s required 1:10 adult-to-student ratio for overnight field trips
Provide a complete report of your trip within 30 days of the trips completion
What benefits or incentives will the school site and staff receive for participating?
The lead school-day and afterschool staff who participate in the MSOL trainings will each receive a $280 stipend for full participation
Participating sites will receive $1,000 to be used for the overnight camping trip.
Staff participating in the MSOL program will be able to borrow camping gear for all students for free from Bay Area Wilderness Training’s Oakland gear library. These staff will retain this benefit for years to come when they are leading trips with youth.
During the MSOL meetings, staff will receive trip planning support and advice from Bay Area Wilderness Training. The three meetings (2/27, 3/13, and 3/24) will be both informational and opportunities for MSOL lead staff to plan the trip.
Special consideration for sites that participated last year or that already have BAWT trained staff?
Sites with staff who already have BAWT training may designate those staff as lead staff to participate in the 3 cohort meetings (2/27, 3/13, and 3/24). These staff do not have to attend the weekend camping training on March 3 and 4.
To support building trip leading capacity at every school site, returning sites may designate different non-trained school-day and afterschool staff to participate in the March 3 and 4 weekend camping training. These staff must attend the 2/27 meeting and the weekend training.
Each site will still only receive two stipends of $280 each. These stipends will be given to the two lead staff that attend the 2/27, 3/13, and 3/24 meetings as they will be doing most of the trip planning.
Requirements to receive the full stipend and field trip grant.
For a school to receive the full $1000 field trip grant at least one of the two lead staff must attend each of the 3 field trip planning meetings on 2/27, 3/13, and 3/24. If both lead staff from one site miss the same meeting the site will no longer qualify for the $1000 field trip grant.
For a staff member to receive a full $280 stipend they must attend all 3 field trip planning meetings on 2/27/, 3/13, and 3/24.
After the March 24th meeting all sites will be notified if they met all the requirements to receive field trip grants and stipends.
Field trip grants and stipends will be dibursed within 30-days of submitting a copy of a confirmed camping permit reservation and a copy of field trip paper work signed by the principal. Items can be scanned an emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org