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.
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
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)
Summer just got scintillating! Several sessions of an advanced / facilitator workshop on “3-D Science in the Schoolyard” will be offered in locations across Georgia. These three-day workshops and one-day fall and spring follow-up sessions are designed for science content specialists, curriculum developers, STEM coordinators, RESA staff, and outstanding science teachers with prior training and experience in “3-Dimensional Science” who are interested in re-delivering this professional learning to teachers in their areas.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have tools, resources, strategies and supplies to conduct professional learning workshops that increase teacher capacity to use nature as a context for phenomenon-based learning, including observation, asking questions, conducting investigations that integrate crosscutting concepts with science and engineering practices to make sense of core ideas, constructing evidence-based explanations, and implementing projects to solve related, real-world environmental problems.
Applicants who are selected to attend will receive a scholarship for workshop registration, lunches, lodging and evening meals (if more than 40 miles from home), as well as access to lesson frameworks and ecoSTEM kits, mini-grants for implementation of student-led projects, a distance learning course to use with individual teachers or professional learning communities, tools for facilitating project-based learning, and assessment instruments. The application process opens May 8, 2018. Space is limited. Register here: https://www.captainplanetfoundation.org/pl-workshop-3-d-science-in-the-schoolyard/
The Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing’s (CEISMC) GIFT Program - in collaboration with universities and businesses across the state - offers Georgia K-12 Science, Math, and Technology Teachers paid 4-7 week internships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
When: Summer Months, Annually (June – July)
Where: Internships available throughout Georgia. Sample sites include Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Georgia Power Plants, JCB Inc., Siemens, UPS and numerous other companies, research agencies, and universities.
To learn more and apply for GIFT, visit ceismc.gatech.edu/gift
Phenomenal Science Fun is a powerful morning of learning, sharing, and connecting around the new Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science.
For this event, you will be provided with opportunities to connect with local educational resources, led by Georgia Public Broadcasting and Discovery Education, that will help you to bring the new standards to life in your classroom. Join fellow area educators in a roundtable format to brainstorm ideas and walk away with ready to implement lessons and strategies that you can use right away in your own classroom...think "science resource speed dating"!
We'll review the updates and allow you to spend time learning, sharing, and connecting with each of our educational partners in grade level groups.
January 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Registration opens at 8:30 AM)
Tellus Museum | Cartersville, GA
We have a diverse set of voices ready to provide compelling resources and insights into ideas for helping you to address the new Science GSE. We can't wait to share, learn, and connect with you! We are excited to learn with:
Georgia Department of Education
Georgia Science Teachers Association
Tellus Science Museum
Georgia Tech CEISMC
The cost is free. We'll provide lunch, and you bring your curiosity and ideas. See you on January 20th! Space is limited. REGISTER HERE
Have questions about Phenomenal Science Fun with GPB Education & Discovery Education? Contact Discovery Education - Kelly Hines