Category Archives: Professional Development

NOAA Online Workshop for Educators

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ocean Exploration and Research Program (OER)

Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels

Why Do We Explore?
October 5 – 16, 2009
in partnership with the College of Exploration

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for the second workshop in a series of educator professional development opportunities focused around NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the /Okeanos Explorer/. This workshop will introduce the new /Okeanos Explorer/ Education Materials Collection built around the themes: Why Do We Explore?, How Do We Explore? and What Do We Expect to Find? Scientific presenters and education facilitators will work with participants to delve into the benefits of ocean exploration targeting climate change, energy, human health and ocean health. Interact with ocean explorers, converse and share classroom applications with other educators, and find a wealth of multimedia resources. We will introduce the first in a series of Leader’s Guides for Classroom Explorers entitled Why Do We Explore?, with its companion Initial Inquiry Lesson, To Boldly Go…, as well as additional lesson plans and other resources.

Speakers include:
• Dr. Charles Fisher: Professor of Biology, Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University
• Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi: Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Edith Widder: Senior Scientist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University; Cofounder, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

The workshop is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive graduate credit (fee for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.

To register go to:
http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

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Susan E. Haynes
Education Program Manager
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
susan.haynes@noaa.gov
(401) 289-2810

Long Island Sound Teacher Workshops

This year, there are three Long Island Sound Mentor Teacher workshops to choose from, facilitated by Connecticut Sea Grant via funding from the EPA Long Island Sound Study. Each workshop costs only $10, and includes resources for each participant to take back to the classroom.

ISLAND CRUISE: How to have a blast with the science standards! Saturday, September 26, 2009, 8am-4pm, Outer Island, Stony Creek, CT All educators (grades six through eight) can spend a “day on an island” with Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers Beth Taylor and Ellen Dworkin on Outer Island, one of the Thimble Islands off the Southern coast of Connecticut.  Learn how to engage students in the exploration of a unique, natural area while still covering the science standards.  Contact Beth Taylor (etaylor@branford.k12.ct.us)

PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE WATERS: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Long Island Sound. Learn how to integrate Long Island Sound into your curriculum and excite your students about your discipline! Saturday September 26th from 8:45- 3:30 pm in New Haven, CT, led by Long Island Sound Mentor teachers Karen Beitler and Marge Drucker.  Free sail aboard the Schooner Quinnipiac and learn about New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.  Spend the afternoon receiving lesson plans, activities and resources for your classroom.  All disciplines are welcome.  We will have lessons & activities for grades 5-10 in Science, English, Reading, Writing, Math, History and adaptable to Foreign Language, Music and Arts.  Contact Karen Beitler

Karen.beitler@new-haven.k12.ct.us

TEACH AT THE BEACH! Friday, October 2 from 9AM – 3PM (rain or shine) at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, CT.  Led by veteran Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers Donna Rand and Donna DuBaldo. Learn how to organize a field study on Long Island Sound, apply science inquiry skills,  learn science concepts! Take-home materials include the LIS Guide to Curricular Resources, seine nets, field guides, and more!  Open to all grade 5-12 formal and informal educators.  Contact Donna Rand, drand@crec.org

NOAA Ocean Exploration Workshop at New England Aquarium

NOAA Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Workshop – Part I of II
From bioluminescent corals to deep vent worms, from tropical underwater volcanoes to the Arctic Ocean floor, bring the excitement of current ocean science discoveries to your students using the Ocean Exploration curriculum from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum, “Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration”, and CD-ROMs with additional tools for students to engage in learning about multidisciplinary ocean exploration. You can use these inquiry-based activities in biology, earth, physical, and/or marine science courses to connect your students to the excitement of NOAA Ocean Exploration as they travel from the Galapagos Rift to the Arctic Ocean, from Alaskan and New England seamounts to those in the Hawaiian Islands.

Grades: 6-12

Date:  Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, MA

Cost: FREE!

Advance registration is required.
To register, email trc@neaq.org.

For questions, please call the Teacher Resource Center at 617-973-6590.

(Part II of this workshop will be held in May 2010.)

Oceanography Graduate Courses For Educators at URI

University of Rhode Island marine scientists Gail Scowcroft and Christopher Knowlton, of the Office of Marine Programs, will teach the Fall 2009 semester course, Oceanography for Educators.

Oceanography for Educators is designed specifically for K-12 and informal science educators, and offers a breadth of information across the ocean science disciplines, including properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, coastal processes, and marine biodiversity. Discussions will include geologic and ecologic history of Rhode Island’s coastal environments. Saturday field sessions will cover Rhode Island’s four distinct coastal ecosystems with hands-on field activities. Projects include the development of inquiry-based activities for classroom use. The course will be held in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.  The seven classroom sessions begin on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 and will meet on Wednesday October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4 and 18 from 4 to 7:00 pm.  As well as three Saturday field sessions, meeting October 3, 10, and 17 from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee for the course is $650 (an additional $175 fee must be paid separately to the URI College of Continuing Education if requesting credit).  Registration through the URI Narragansett Bay Classroom is required, please call 401-874-6211; do not register through URI’s e-Campus.  Purchase of a textbook is also required.

For more information

DataStreme Ocean Distance Learning Course

DataStreme Ocean is a precollege teacher enhancement program of the AMS/NOAA Cooperative Program for Earth System Education (CPESE). The program is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

DataStreme Ocean explores the ocean in the Earth system with special emphasis on (1) the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean, (2) the internal properties and workings of the ocean, (3) interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system (hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere), and (4) the human/societal impacts on and response to those interactions. This approach is inquiry-based and consistent in methodology and goals with the National Science Education Standards.

DataStreme Ocean is pedagogically guided by a teaching approach (Project-Based Science) that seeks to engage learners in exploring their world by investigating meaningful questions. DataStreme Ocean incorporates driving questions, investigations, collaboration, technology, and artifacts.

Find out how to participate.

There are spaces available in the Fall 2009 Online Learning DataStreme Ocean course.

There are DataStreme Ocean learning teams in  Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.

Locate a DataStream Oceam team leader by state.

Boston Harbor Educators Conference

The Boston Harbor Educators Conference will be held Saturday October 3, 2009.  The conference title is “Celebrating the Beauty of a Resource Long Forgotten”, and will be a day of discovery featuring a cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area to Thompson Island. Using all of our senses, we will learn about the islands, their living and cultural resources and ways we can incorporate these invaluable local sites into our lesson plans.
LOCATION: UMass Boston/Fox Point Pavilion for registration at 8:00 AM, Boston Harbor Islands cruise to Thompson Island for workshops and keynote presentation.  Boat departure at 9:00 AM, return to UMass at 5:00 PM.
Program fee of $40 covers boat tour and transit to and from Thompson Island, all workshops, keynote presentation and lunch.
For more information or to register visit the MME website

Sponsors: Massachusetts Marine Educators, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area,
UMass Boston/Marine Operations, Ocean River Institute, and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Webinar on Science Communication

On September 30, 1 pm US EDT, the Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network will offer a webinar –  Overview of Science Communication Tools – by Bill Dennison and Tim Carruthers of the University of Maryland.  The Integration and Application Network (IAN) produces a variety of communication products including newsletters, posters, books, reports, brochures, and conceptual diagrams. These products synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques. This webinar will give an overview of the scientific communication products that IAN produces with a focus on conceptual diagrams and conceptual diagramming tools.  Conceptual diagrams or “thought drawings” depict essential attributes of the system and can evolve to capture increased understanding of the system.  They can help clarify thinking and avoid ambiguity, provide a communication interface that combines current scientific understanding with community priorities and environmental values, and identify gaps and priorities.  IAN provides a variety of resources, examples, tools and tutorials available along with a symbol library of over 1500 custom symbols to help you produce your own conceptual diagrams.  Learn more Web conferencing information about this tool demonstration will be sent out via the EBM Tools Network mailing list a few weeks before the webinar.

Seminars on Science Online Learning from AMNH

Registration is open for two sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History.  The courses are ONLINE and can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each.  Courses run Sept – Oct/ Oct – Nov (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org .    Courses include The Ocean System as well as the newest course, Water: Environmental Science.  Since the courses are fully web-based, there is no need to come to the museum at any time and all courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD scientist in the field.   Registration for Session One closes August 24. Contact
seminfo@amnh.org for more details.

Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop at University of Connecticut

Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) – Ocean Systems presents an  Educator-Scientist Collaborative Workshop at the University of Connecticut (Avery Point Campus), Friday, October 9 (8:30AM – 5PM) & Saturday, October 10 (8:30AM – 12noon). This unique 1.5 day workshop will team ten (10) formal and informal educators with researchers to create multimedia learning resources.

More details about the workshop

Meet the participating scientists

Learn about a previous COSEE-OS Educator-Scientist workshop (held at UNH in March 2009)

Application deadline: Monday, August 31, 2009

Apply online!

Application information will be used to match you with a research scientist based on your interests, and will be also used to evaluate what you gained from the workshop.

Contact:  Carla Companion at <carla.companion@maine.edu>