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 ESTEP Summer Boot Camps for Upper Elementary &

6th grade teachers!

We are happy to announce a NEW STRUCTURE to our upper elementary/6th grade summer boot camps!

3 days in person (M-W)/2 virtual days* (Th-F)

COST: non-refundable registration fee is $140.00 and does not include lodging, meals or transportation.

SUMMER 2024 Boot Camps

Bemidji  (June 17 - 21)

North Hennepin Community College (July 8 - 12)

These workshops will center around LOCAL GEOLOGY, and focus on a specified bundle of MN benchmarks.  We will work through 3D teaching strategies, and how to incorporate literacy, Native American ways of learning, and how to 'Minnesota-fy" the unit.  These skills can be taken back to your classrooms as a template for how to merge your existing curriculum, or write your own specific to our Minnesota benchmarks.  


For those wishing to earn 3 graduate credits, the virtual days would be used to work with other participants and our instructors, virtually via ZOOM, to complete a mini-storyline, or, for those who have district conscripted curriculum, you would have the option to work on an implementation guide using the skills we've covered earlier in the week. (Two reflections are required to earn credit as well). (Credits are earned through MN State Univ Moorhead)


*For those wishing to earn a stipend, the rate would be $60 per day, and you are welcome to participate in the 2 virtual zoom days as well. If you do not wish to participate in the Zoom sessions, then you would earn $180 for the three in-person days.

Participant registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration is considered complete when the registration google form is completed, and non-refundable registration fee is received by MnSTA.    




By Dana Smith,


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MnSTA/ESTEP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

We are committed to reflecting the diversity of Minnesota educators that participate in our programs.   We are especially focused on teachers of BIPOC and underrepresented populations, alternatively licensed educators, and educational assistants working toward licensure. 



ESTEP is funded through 2025 through generous grant funding provided by the Minnesota Environmental  and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).