2019 Climate Change Workshop

Call for 3rd-5th Grade Teachers – FREE PDP Workshop

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The South Shore Natural Science Center is proud to present a new professional development program for third to fifth grade teachers: “Hot Topic: Climate Change in the Classroom.”

This eight-day workshop (3 sessions available) will be designed to introduce 15 third-to-fifth grade teachers to climate change programs and projects they can conduct in their classrooms and schoolyards including numerous citizen science projects they can use to excite, educate and engage their students about environmental science, and through which they may see the effects of climate change in the natural world. The content and materials will support the 2016 Massachusetts STE Frameworks.

Teachers will be visited by guest lecturers from our partner environmental education and conservation organizations and attend field trips to local institutions conducting climate change research and facilitating Citizen Science projects. Working in groups, teachers will be challenged to develop and facilitate the implementation of a hands-on participatory climate change project for families to be used as a demonstration at an SSNSC public program on November 2 & 3.



Session I: Weekdays, Tuesday, July 9 through Thursday, July 18
Session II: Weekdays, Tuesday, July 23 through Thursday, August 1
Session III: Weekdays, Tuesday, August 13 through Thursday, August 22

Checking-In Conference Call:  October 1, 2 & 3 for Sessions I, II, & III respectively

Teaching Weekend – Saturday, November 2 and/or Sunday, November 3

Culminating Touchback – Thursday, December 5th

Where: South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, with scheduled field trips around the South Shore.

Program Partners: NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research, National Weather Service; Mass Audubon; Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences; Wade Institute for Science Education (formerly MITS); the Caterpillar Lab; and more.

Incentives: PDPs (Professional Development Points) provided by WISE, a climate change education kit for use in the classroom, and each teacher will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card for their classroom at the completion of the program.

To apply for the program, please fill out the application form. Please direct any questions to Chris Jacobs, Executive Director, at 781-659-2559 or cjacobs@ssymca.org.

Syllabus coming soon.

This program has been made possible by grants from the Cedar Tree Foundation and Battelle.

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