Teachers: Would you like to spend time doing science?
We are looking for ten middle school teachers from Marin County to join a collaborative group of scientists as we learn about native oysters and how to restore them to the San Francisco Estuary.
Participating teachers will:
- Learn about the latest science of San Francisco Estuary directly from scientists, with a focus on restoration and climate change and their connections to Next Generation Science Standards
- Work alongside other motivated teachers and professional scientists
- Plan and carry out authentic investigations in the beautiful bay mud and in working research labs
- Share your expertise with your community, at school or beyond, with ample support from scientists and science educators
We envision this as an opportunity to build lasting connections between Marin County teachers and scientists working along the Marin shoreline.
“Teachers on the Estuary: Oysters and Climate” begins with a professional development workshop on Saturdays January 20th and 27th. The 2-day workshop will include hands-on learning about estuaries, oysters, and climate change, and will be rich in NGSS science and engineering connections. After the initial learning, teachers will join one of several related research projects, participate in planning, field and lab work, and data interpretation. Depending on the project (and participants’ availability), research will take place on weekends, evenings or during the summer of 2018. The program will also include additional professional learning opportunities with the cohort of ten teachers and classroom support for integrating your research experience into your teaching.
To apply fill out this online application. Teachers from under-served schools will be given priority acceptance. Pairs of teachers from the same school or with an articulated plan to collaborate across schools are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is only open to teachers working in Marin County.
Questions are welcome and should be directed to Sarah D. Ferner, Education Coordinator, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’.
Funding for this project is provided by NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System “Teachers on the Estuary” program and an award from Marin Community Foundation and California Coastal Conservancy.
Partners on this project are:
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
NOAA and San Francisco State University’s San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center
Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Ready to Join? Apply here.