Applications for Teachers on the Estuary professional development workshops in New England are due this Friday, April 30. This summer three New England National Estuarine Research Reserves will offer Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) professional development workshops. Each workshop is a research and field-based professional development opportunity designed to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of estuaries using local research examples. The workshops will provide resources and hands-on experiences to support the incorporation of estuary and watershed topics into classroom teaching.
The Narragansett Bay TOTE held in Bristol, Rhode Island (with a day on Prudence Island) will run from June 28 to July 1, 2010 with a half day follow-up on November 6, 2010. www.nbnerr.org/tote.htm
The Waquoit Bay TOTE on Cape Cod in Massachusetts will run from July 12 to 15 with a half day follow-up on November 20, 2010. www.waquoitbayreserve.org
The Wells TOTE in Wells, Maine will run from July 26 to 29, 2010 with a half day follow-up on November 6, 2010. http://www.wellsreserve.org/blog/5-teachers_on_the_estuary
The workshops are designed for middle and high school teachers, but other educators are welcome to apply. Participants will work with local scientists and coastal educators to explore estuary habitats and practice field and classroom-based studies and activities. Learn how to use real data and guide student investigations while trying out a new web-based estuary curriculum. The workshops are free, but space is limited, so an application is required (available on the websites listed above).