The Prairie Project provides intensive educator training and curricular development to design high-impact learning experiences in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms. We utilize inclusive teaching principles to ensure the success of all students and encourage the persistence of underrepresented minority students in science.
The Prairie Project has organized a certificate program involving teacher and faculty learning communities and supported them in designing high-impact learning experiences for their students. The goal of this program is to create agents of change among secondary and undergraduate educators.

Educators who completed our certificate program achieved the following:

  • Designed and implemented high-impact learning experiences for students
  • Promoted and assessed students’ rangeland literacy and attitudes toward rangelands.
  • Conducted collaborative research in the areas of teaching and learning
Prairie project education
prairie project education

Our learning community of educators bring science and technology to secondary and undergraduate classes. Active learning experiences, such as collaborative learning, case studies, authentic inquiries, and research experiences significantly improve student engagement, performance, and attitude. We design hands-on learning experiences, including citizen science research projects, to improve student motivation and performance. We encourage innovative approaches that promote science literacy, critical thinking, and action research.

Cohort 1

Katie Wilson

Boon Central High School

Tess Sykes

Papillion-La Vista High School

William Quinn

St. Edward’s University

Humberto Perotto

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Amy Leising

Zoo Academy, Omaha Public Schools

Julie Flegal-Smallwood

Redlands Community College

Shannon Chatwin

Owasso High School

Cohort 2

Teresa Walters

Loup City High School

Kyle Tredinnick

Zoo Academy, Omaha Public Schools University of Nebraska, Omaha

Evan Tanner

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Jason Martina

Texas State University

Chad King

University of Central Oklahoma

Renee’ Ekhoff

Grand Island Senior High

Amy Concilio

St. Edward’s University

Jordan Binfield

Hastings Middle School

Cohort 3

Danielle Williams

Morrison High School

Ashley Tanner

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Sheridan Swotek

Kearney High School

Lee Stover

Westview High School

Letitia Reichart

University of Nebraska, Kearney

Teresa Randall

University of Oklahoma

Kim O'Keefe

St. Edward's University

Kelly Lyons

Trinity University

Lukas Klicka

Peru State College

Zach Jones

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Gaby Del Bosque-Hernandez

St. John's School

Kelsey Deal

ASTEC Charter Schools

Rhonda Burrough

Katy High School