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PD: Rocks and Minerals at Harvard Museum of Natural History

This October the Harvard Museum of Natural History will be offering a three session, free teacher PD, Teaching about Rocks and Minerals with Museum Resources. This session is intended for elementary and middle school teachers from schools with a high percentage of low income students. This free program focuses on what the rocks and minerals that make up our planet tell us about the history of the Earth and supports teachers in developing customized field trip plans.  The museum’s April 2010 program and previous professional development sessions were well attended and well received by participants. The program includes a free follow-up museum visit for each teacher and up to 50 students, and up to $200 subsidy for bus transportation to the museum.

More information and application directions are available on the museum’s website.

Professional Development: Long Island Sound Curriculum – Connecticut Teachers

Integrate Long Island Sound into Your Curriculum!  Sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant and Long Island Sound Study,  Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8am-3pm Hammonasset State Park, Madison, CT  CT teachers (grades 7-12) spend “a day at the beach” with Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers Ken Fusco and Leanne Nolan at Hammonasset State Park. Learn how to engage students in the exploration of a unique, natural area while still covering the science standards. Meet State Standards: SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY, 9.7 – Elements on Earth move among reservoirs in the solid earth, oceans, atmosphere and organisms as part of biogeochemical cycles, 10.2 – Microorganisms have an essential role in life processes and cycles on Earth, 10.5 – Evolution and biodiversity are the result of genetic changes that occur over time in constantly changing environments.

Questions? Email Ken Fusco (fuscokm@plainvillescools.org) or call 203-558-4180.

Teachers’ PD Workshop at WHOI

Professional Development Workshop for Educators at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI):  Friday, September 24, 2010, 9:30am-2:30pm

“Oil Spill Science: what scientists and engineers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are working on in the Gulf of Mexico”, sponsored by Woods Hole Sea Grant and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Gain insight into the spill and its effects,  learn how oil affects animals in the marsh and ocean,  hear about the difficulties of studying large oil spills

Registration: $30, breakfast and lunch provided.
Checks payable to WHOI. Sorry, no purchase orders.
Mail to: Kathy Patterson, WHOI, MS # 16, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Workshop held at the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center
for directions visit this link:  http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=9135

Contact: Kathy Patterson, kpatterson@whoi.edu, 508-289-2700, Kate Madin, kmadin@whoi.edu, 508-289-3539

Oceanography for Educators at URI

The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Office of Marine Programs offers Oceanography for Educators

Register for Oceanography for Educators, OCG 507 and receive 3 Graduate Credits. Course starts October 6 and will meet Wednesday evenings, from 4-6:30 pm.  To register please call Maryann Scholl, 874-6500 (do not register through e-Campus).  See the OMP website for more information, http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/content/graduate-courses-educators

MIT Sea Grant: Learn to Build ROV Workshops for Teachers

MIT Sea Grant is quickly entering the second year of the Sea Perch Institute. Find out more about the Sea Perch Institute, and how your school can become involved.  In 2003 MIT Sea Grant College Program (MITSG) started the Sea Perch Program as an innovative way ignite children’s enthusiasm for science, technology and engineering. MITSG educators have run over 24 two-day “train the trainer” workshops across the country and internationally, training over 425 teachers. These teachers then return to their schools and train their students to build an ROV, or remotely operated vehicle.  In 2009 MITSG piloted the Sea Perch Institute, SPI.  SPI allows MITSG educators and engineers to work more closely with selected schools and thoroughly embed Sea Perch into a school’s curriculum.  If selected to participate in SPI, you and your school will receive

-Four professional development sessions throughout the school year

-Classroom visits from MITSG staff

-Support from MITSG educators and engineers

-Access to MIT tow tank, test tanks, AUV lab, and MIT Museum visits

-Stipend for materials

-Final event at MIT with all participants

Schools must commit two teachers to this program.  MITSG will only be accepting four new schools in 2010-2011. Applications are due back to MITSG by September 30, 2010. Schools will be accepted by October 15, and the first professional development workshop is scheduled for October 23, 2010

Contact:

Sarah O. Hammond Office: 617-715-5148
Lab:  978-283-6275
email: shammond@mit.edu

Long Island Sound Professional Development (#2) — CT

Integrate Long Island Sound into Your Curriculum!  Sponsored by Connecticut Sea Grant and Long Island Sound Study.   All participants will be given materials to assist teaching at Long Island Sound.  Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8am-3pm, Hammonasset State Park, Madison, CT.  CT teachers (grades 7-12) spend “a day at the beach” with Long Island Sound Mentor Teachers Ken Fusco and Leanne Nolan at Hammonasset State Park. Learn how to engage students in the exploration of a unique, natural area while still covering the science standards. LIMITED TO FIRST 20 WHO SIGN UP.  Questions? Email Ken Fusco (fuscokm@plainvillescools.org) or call 203-558-4180.

Long Island Sound Teacher Workshop — CT

Connecticut Sea Grant announces the Long Island Sound Teacher-Mentor Workshop

Seine the Sound with CT Science Standards–Teach at the Beach –Apply science inquiry skills!–Organize a field study site at Long Island Sound –Apply science concepts to improve test scores!

Take-Home Materials include: Teacher Curriculum Resource Guide aligned to CT Science Standards, seine net, several field guides including a $40 Field Guide to LIS, maps, geology tools, and more!

DATE/TIME: Friday, September 17, 2010, 9am to 3pm (Rain or Shine) Location: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT

Cost: ONLY $10

Who should attend: Grade 5-12 Teachers & Informal Science Educators

Contact: Donna Rand, drand@crec.org to receive application

Online Seminars on Science from AMNH

For those of you looking for credits this Fall, registration is open for two sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).  The courses are ONLINE and can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each.  Courses run Sept – Oct OR Oct – Nov (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org . Courses include  The Ocean System.  All courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD scientist in the field.  Registration for Session 1 closes August 27.  Early registration discount ends August 16. For more information call 800-649-6715 or email seminfo@amnh.org

Oceanography for Educators at URI

The University of Rhode Island Office of Marine Programs announces Oceanography for Educators.

Register for Oceanography for Educators, OCG 507 and receive 3 Graduate Credits. Course starts October 6 and will meet Wednesday evenings, from 4-6:30 pm.  Registration must be made through the Narragansett Bay Classroom Registrar (do not register through e-Campus).  See the OMP website for more information,
http://omp.gso.uri.edu/ompweb/content/graduate-courses-educators

PD on Cape Cod: Oceans, Coasts and Climate for Teachers

Mon August 2 – Thurs August 5, 2010, 9:00-3:30 plus follow-up session Nov 6
Location: Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, Falmouth, MA, and Woods Hole
This course will present information, research, and activities on climate topics with a special focus on Massachusetts marine and coastal systems. Participants will carry out field studies, practice using marine and coastal data, and engage in lessons and activities for teaching about climate. We will hear presentations from research scientists studying climate at sea and along the shore. Participants will receive lesson plans and a resource CD. Best for teachers in grades 7 -12.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/eventshow.aspx?eventid=257