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Michael Becker

Teacher and Director of the Food and Conservation Science (FACS) Program at Hood River Middle School

Michael Becker has been a Public School Teacher for 15 years. Before receiving his Teaching License he worked in a variety of field science programs including Outdoor School, Outward Bound and OMSI. While spending time in the field with students he developed a sense of the value for hands-on work to really engage students, and he brought that process to the classroom. For the last eleven years at Hood River Middle School he has been developing the Food and Conservation Science (FACS) Program, a Permaculture inspired integrated approach to accelerating through the Oregon State Standards. Our new “Green building” is a key piece in the evolution of our program, using what Michael calls, “Transparent Educational Design” to help design systems that teach.

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