The Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center is hosting several professional learning opportunities for teachers this spring and summer:
WILD/WET/PLT Triple Facilitator Workshop- March 15-16th: (prices dependent on choice of meals each day, lodging and program materials) Learn how to conduct workshops to train other educators in your area for all three of the Projects. You must have completed educator training in WILD, WET, or PLT prior to attending this workshop. Registration form.
Project Wild/Growing UP WILD Educator workshop – April 13th: $58 (includes lunch and program materials) Get the best of both worlds with Project WILD and Growing UP WILD. With these two curriculum guides, you will have access to over 200 activities for grades K-12 that demonstrate best practices in Environmental Education. Registration form.
Teacher Conservation Workshop -June 17-21: $50 (includes meals, lodging, and program materials) - The workshop focuses on topics related to forestry and natural resources management. With field experiences at a lumber mill, tree farm, and a logging site, educators get immersed with content to bring back to the classroom. Participants also are certified in Project Learning Tree, Project WILD and Project WET. Registration form.
Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School (OWLS) July 8-12: $150 (includes meals, lodging, and program materials) This workshop, part of a three-part series, discovers the Blue Ridge and Ridge and Valley Ecoregions through field trips and experiences such as snorkeling in the Amicalola River, discussing black bear research, and by visiting a fish hatchery. Registration form.
Are you a high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth/Environmental Science teacher who is looking for a way to make your subject matter relevant and come alive? Then Science Teachers @ Tech Day is for you! This event at Georgia Tech involves cutting edge lab tours, collaboration with your peers to complete an authentic college-level freshman lab activity, conversations with Georgia Tech students about how to prepare your students for college, and enjoying the fun and excitement of science! Registration for the event is required and the cost of the event is $100. Interested teachers can register at https://apps.ideal-logic.com/ceismc. If there are any questions, please contact Tiarra Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual ESO coaches meeting and material pick-up will take place on Wednesday, October 10th from 4:00-5:00 pm at Hawthorne (1595 Hawthorne Ave SE, Smyrna, GA 30080). ESO events will be posted soon on the ESO page.
The Dodgen & Walton Science Olympiad Teams cordially invite you to participate in the Dodgen-Walton Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament for Middle School teams on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The Tournament will be held at Walton High School, 1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta GA 30062.
Schools may send one team and all 23 events will be run. Experienced schools will be asked to sign up for and run at least one event per team. This will include making the test and providing for all necessary supplies, tools, people, paper tests & key copies for teams, etc. needed to run the event. Medals and team trophies will only be awarded for the written test events. For the building events, we are encouraging the students to bring their prototype devices to run in a tournament to gain experience in preparation for their regional tournaments. The courses will be set up per the rules and judges/experienced coaches will be available for the students to talk with regarding their devices and the events.
Please complete the registration form at the following link before September 14: https://sites.google.com/site/dodgensciolyinvitationalreg/home . The invitational committee will send you an email by September 24th letting you know if your team is included in the invitational or on a waiting list. Last year spaces filled quickly. The cost of the tournament is $75 per team and payment is due by October 1st, with no refunds given after that date. Please do not send payment until you receive a confirmation email. Your confirmation e-mail will include payment details as well as a link to the invitational website with the schedule and other tournament information.
Interested in becoming a facilitator for Georgia Projects WET, WILD and Learning Tree? Join us for The annual Triple Facilitator Training will take place August 22-23, 2018 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Don't miss this opportunity to become certified to lead workshops for all three programs!
Please register by August 7th. Registration information available at projectwet.ga.gov
Congratulations to the Dodgen Middle School Science Olympiad Team, who placed 24th out of 60 teams at the National Science Olympiad Tournament on May 19.
The team took top places in the following events:
Adding Muscle to Your Science
Register now to learn from Marlee Tierce on July 10th and 11th at this Cobb K-12 Science PL Workshop. Let's spend some time figuring out the how, why, and what of 3 dimensional instructing and learning in science. We'll jump into what is available, run through some samples, add weight to our expectations as we climb to new heights of understanding how the brain learns. We will build on what we know about anchoring phenomenon to develop storylines that fit the GSE in science with no sweat. You will work together to discover a plan that will give you a boost in the next school year.
June 5th-6th STEM Institute Overview:
Please join us in Warner Robbins for the 2018 GYSTC Summer STEM institute. We know that summer is the only real time for you to relax, reflect, and consider how to build your repertoire of effective learning experiences. The institute will be hands-on and exploratory from the start. We want you to take the time to try out lessons that we’ve found to be fun and super engaging with kids.
Each exploration will emphasize the new Georgia Standards of Excellence while also showing how to incorporate both engineering practices and crosscutting concepts into our instruction (the 3-D approach). At the institute, you will receive multiple grade-specific lesson plans, STEM Challenges, resources, and even some hands-on materials to go back and try with your students. We will also introduce and delve into the Supplemental Curriculum Guides produced by GYSTC.
The Summer STEM Institute will include a focus on:
Innovative STEM Solution Projects
These projects will feature 3-D, 5E approach and they will include a ground-breaking lesson that will actively engage students in key science phenomena. From topics such as Analyzing the Energy of Sound Waves to Riveting Robotics and Computer Coding, these projects will model how teachers can energetically involve students in STEM related endeavors.
Super STEM Challenges
STEM challenges take students from identifying a problem—or a design challenge—to creating and developing a solution. Each challenge is centered around the engineering design process as they immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration. Teachers will try out multiple challenges many of which will be specific to their grade level and standards.
Grade Level Breakouts and Supplemental Resource Guides
During grade level breakout sessions, we will explore GYSTC supplemental resource guides that enhance instruction of the new Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science. The guides are designed to complement, and not supplant, other resources available at your school. Most lessons incorporate a 3-D approach to science instruction integrating core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices.
Register here: https://gystc.org/2018-summer-stem-institute/
CCSD has adopted new content resources for science and social studies. All K-5 teachers are required to attend a half-day training during post-planning or over the summer and will be paid a $50 stipend (for summer sessions). During the session, half the time will be spent covering science resources and half the time will be spent covering social studies resources. Teachers can choose to attend either a morning session (7:30 AM – 11:30 AM) OR an afternoon session (12:30 PM – 4:30 PM) on one of the following dates:
May 24 or 25 (Post Planning) @ KSU Center (*no stipend)
June 11 @ McClure MS
June 12 @ McClure MS
June 13 @ McClure MS
June 14 @ McClure MS
July 9 @ McClure MS
July 10 @ McClure MS
July 11 @ McClure MS
July 12 @ McClure MS
(Note: If you teach multiple grade levels, just choose one session to attend)