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Online Learning from American Museum of Natural History

For those of you looking for a professional development or graduate course this year, registration is open for 2009 – 2010 sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History. Seminars on Science is in full swing for the upcoming academic year with eleven courses on the roster.  Courses include The Ocean System and Water: Environmental Science. Everything you might want to know about the program (including free resources, syllabi and info on how to sign up for graduate credit) can be found on the  website
Registration for Fall session 2 closes October 5th.  Sign up by September 21st for a $50 discount!
If you have any questions email seminfo@amnh.org or call: 800-649-6715

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

EETAP Fall Courses – Online

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) offer the following online  courses this fall:

Fundamentals of Environmental Education, September 8-November 25, 2009

Making EE Relevant for Culturally Diverse Audiences, September 8-November 13, 2009.

Applied Environmental Education Program Evaluation, September 7-December 4, 2009

Leadership Development in Natural Resources: Strategic Planning and Implementation, September 22–November 21, 2009

Check the website for availability and registration deadlines.

Environmental Education Online Course

The University of North Carolina Wilmington will offer a fundamentals of environmental education online course this fall, beginning August 19, 2009. EVS 592-800 Fundamentals of Environmental Education is appropriate for both classroom teachers and for non-formal educators who work with students and/or teachers. This is a three credit-hour graduate course. The “Fundamentals of Environmental Education” online course was developed by the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) in collaboration with national EE experts.  It provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate quality environmental education into their instruction. Participants discuss the history, definition, and goals of environmental education; develop an understanding of the professional roles and instructional methods of environmental educators; and interact with other educators from across the state. No on-campus meetings are required. The course will be taught by Dr. Rosanne Fortner.  Contact her at fortner.2@osu.edu or the Environmental Studies Department at evs@uncw.edu or 910-962-7675.

Online Seminars from American Museum of Natural History

Seminars on Science and the American Museum of Natural History in New York is offering online courses involving marine biology and ocean systems. Join a research scientist and an experienced instructor as they guide you through these courses . Visit the course website at learn.amnh.org for the syllabi, key course concepts, and free sample resources including essays and videos.

Courses include:

  • The Ocean System
  • Sharks and Rays (summer course only!)
  • Evolution
  • **NEW** Water: Environmental Science (Please note that there is special pricing for the Summer 2009 session of the Water course.  Sign up by June 22nd and receive $200 off the course cost!)

Designed for K-12 educators, each six-week course is led by an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist.  Summer Session Two runs July 6 – August 16.  Registration closes June 22nd. For more information and to register, go to learn.amnh.org or call 800-649-6715