Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional Development Workshop at New Bedford Whaling Museum

“Schooling With Whales,” a Professional Development Workshop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be offered on the first weekend in April – Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday April 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This ten-hour professional development course, co-sponsored by the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), will introduce teachers of grades 3-8 to whale/cetacean related topics which can be used to teach concepts prescribed by state science and mathematics frameworks.

For more information contact:

Robert C. Rocha, Jr.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Science Programs Manager

(508) 717-6849

rrocha@whalingmuseum.org

Summer Fellowships for Teachers

Interested in spending part of your summer on the Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic Seashore to collaborate with marine scientists in conducting research and creating classroom resources? COSEE Coastal Trends has two positions available this summer for Teacher Research Fellows to participate in our Scientist-Educator Partnership program. For six weeks, successful candidates will join a team of scientists, science communicators, and undergraduate/graduate students to conduct research and develop educational resources that will communicate science to broader audiences.
Dates: June 23-August 5, 2011

Benefits include:

On-site housing during the research experience

A $4,500 stipend

Follow-up and support during the school year

Ideal candidates should:

Teach middle or high school science

Be willing and able to work closely with a diverse team

Be creative, self-motivated, a good leader, and enthusiastic about science and teaching

Specific positions:

1 Teacher Research Fellow will study Plankton and the Dead Zone at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Lab in Cambridge, MD

1 Teacher Research Fellow will study Barrier Islands and Sea Level Rise at Assateague Island National Seashore (National Park Service) in Berlin, MD

For details, click here or APPLY ONLINE now.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks!

Cassie Gurbisz
COSEE Coastal Trends
cgurbisz@umces.edu
410-221-8327

How Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators

NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program Announces How Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels , January 24 – February 11, 2011 in partnership with the College of Exploration

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) for the latest educator professional development opportunity based upon the voyages of NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the Okeanos Explorer. This offering introduces the second volume of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore? Topics include searching for anomalies, selecting sites for exploration, communication tools, telepresence technology, mapping techniques, water column study and operating remotely-operated vehicles. This course contains inquiry-based lessons for all grade-levels, and facilitated online reflective conversations about how we approach the study of our largely unexplored ocean. 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 one graduate extension credit ($100) or obtain a certificate of completion. Registration is open at http://www.coexploration.org/oe

Professional Development Online from AMS Education

The American Meteorological Society is offering DataStreme-Ocean for grade 5-12 teachers. The course focuses on physical oceanography and looks at the movement of water and energy, properties of the oceans, human/marine life interactions, and climate change.  The use of online web sites is emphasized. Contact the representative from your state (all New England states are represented.) Information is available at: http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/DS-Ocean/index.html

Online PD: Seminars on Science at AMNH

Registration is open for two Spring 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 Jan – March OR March – April (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org . Courses include: Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; The Solar System, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Diversity of Fishes, and Space, Time and Motion, as well as our newest course, Climate Change.  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 January 10th.

Teachers’ PD Workshop, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Monday, December 13, 2010, 9:30-2:30: Research on marine mammals and squids: the uses of sound in the ocean

Presenters:  Laela Sayigh, research specialist, Biology Department: “Communication in whales and dolphins” and
T. Aran Mooney, postdoctoral scholar, Biology Department: “How squids sense sound: can they hear the predators coming?”

Hear about
– current research on marine mammal communication

– new discoveries about squids and sound underwater

– Lab tour: technology and dissection reveal squids’ hearing abilities

Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included. Registration deadline: Dec. 8, 2009*

* contact us to register late!
Kate Madin, kmadin@whoi.edu; or Kathy Patterson, kpatterson@whoi.edu
Directions here, more information here
Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

Webinar: Climate Change and Iron

COSEE Ocean Systems presents December 1 at 7pm ET – “Climate Change and the Role of Iron”. Featuring: Dr. Fei CHAI (University of Maine) and Jennifer Albright (Tabor Academy).  Dr. Fei CHAI will provide an overview of the two main areas of research in the field of “climate intervention” technologies, including those that either reduce the amount of solar radiation reaching the earth or attempt to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. The presentation will focus on the science behind iron fertilization experiments and the ocean’s role in affecting climate.

Jennifer Albright will talk to us about her decision to use concept mapping in her classroom as a tool to introduce the complex topics of global warming and climate change. She proposed that concept mapping would visually simplify the complex issues and enable high school students to understand them more intuitively than using traditional methods alone.  [Sign up now!]

About the COSEE-OS ROLE Model webinars:

You can learn about recent and exciting scientific research from world-class researchers — and get customizable versions of these scientists’ interactive concept maps — from the comfort of your living room! Free and easy to attend, ROLE Model webinars offer direct access to scientists as well as take-home resources that can be used immediately. Featured educators will also showcase their use of concept maps in educational environments. All you’ll need in order to participate are a telephone and an Internet connection.

Missed one of the previous webinars? Check out full-length webinar videos, clips and educational resources from previous webinars featuring scientists presenting on Estuary Ecology (11.17.10) Climate Aerosols (11.03.10) Studying the Dynamics of Melting Icebergs (10.20.10), The Carbon Cycle (10.03.10), Persistent Organic Pollutants (9.22.10) or Hydrothermal Vent Ecosystems (07.28.10) at http://cosee.umaine.edu/programs/webinars/previouswebinars/.

Professional Development Workshop on Ocean Sounds

TEACHERS’ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP,  Monday, December 13, 2010, 9:30-2:30, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Exhibit Center. RESEARCH ON OCEAN SOUNDS: MARINE MAMMALS AND SQUID
Laela Sayigh, research specialist, Biology Department: “Communication in whales and dolphins
T. Aran Mooney, postdoctoral scholar, Biology Department: “How squids sense sound: can they hear the predators coming?”

Hear about
– current research on marine mammal communication

– new discoveries about squids and sound underwater

– Lab tour: technology and dissection reveal squids’ abilities
Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch included. Registration deadline: Dec. 8, 2009
Directions here, more information here
Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

Contact: Kathy Patterson, kpatterson@whoi.edu, 508-289-2700, or Kate Madin, kmadin@whoi.edu, 508-289-3639

Apply Now To Be A Rhode Island Teacher At Sea (RITAS)

Would joining a oceanographic science team, on a 3 day research cruise collecting the water circulation data of Block Island Sound interest you?  Or, would you be more interested in a month long research expedition studying eddies in the Gulf Stream south of Newfoundland?  These research opportunities and more, are being planned for Spring 2011. All cruises will be aboard the R/V ENDEAVOR and all will be looking for educators to accompany the scientific team.

More information can be found on the OMP website;
http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/content/rhode-island-teacher-at-sea

Questions? Call Maryann 874-6500  or email; mscholl@gso.uri.edu

Free Online Oceanography Course for K-12

The free American Meteorological Society’s Datastreme Oceans course, a college online oceanography course, will be offered to K-12 teachers this coming January 2011. Tuition, 3-units of graduate credits, and all course materials are free to participants.  Go to the Datastreme Oceans website, http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/DS-Ocean/Join.html to contact your nearest DS-Ocean LIT (Local Implementation Team) Leader.  Click on the heading ‘Locate DS-Ocean Team by State’, listed at the top of the Homepage and request information and application materials for the next offering of the DS-Ocean course.

The course is directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, who live in an area served by a LIT. Teachers of any subject who have an interest in promoting the teaching of Earth Science across the curriculum may apply. Applications are sought from persons who can demonstrate potential for leadership as resource teachers. They must be willing to act as resource persons for other teachers and as advocates for promoting the use of electronically-delivered environmental data in schools. Teachers who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, or teachers who are teaching in schools with large numbers of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, are especially urged to apply.