2019 Climate Change Workshop

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

This series of two-day workshops is designed to introduce third-to-sixth grade teachers to climate change programs and projects they can conduct in their classrooms and schoolyards 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 use as a demonstration at an SSNSC public program in early December 2019.

A $25 non-refundable registration fee will be assessed per workshop.  Each participant will receive a curriculum kit tailored to the workshop theme, a $100 stipend for classroom use and 15 PDPs per workshop. Lunch is provided. Select the workshop or workshops that interest you.

Phenology and Migratory Patterns
Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Is nature sending us easily discernible clues about climate change through the migratory patterns of birds, whales and butterflies, the annual appearance of caterpillars and more? Join us for a two-day workshop on Phenology and Migratory Patterns in connection with our partners at Manomet Center for Conservation Science, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art.

Watershed and Coastal Impacts
Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sea level rise is having detrimental effects to the stability of fragile marshland habitats, waterways and beaches right here on the South Shore. Join us for a two-day workshop on climate change related Watershed and Coastal Impacts with our partners from the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research and Holly Hill Farm.

Weather vs. Climate
Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
One need not be a meteorologist to tell that weather patterns are changing, but a meteorologist can certainly tell us why it’s happening, and what those weather changes have to do with climate. Join us for a two-day workshop on Weather vs. Climate with meteorologist Rob Gilman and a field trip to the Blue Hill Weather Observatory.

Using Citizen Science to Introduce Climate Change
Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Every citizen can be a scientist, in the sense that we can gather data that tells the story of climate change. Join the South Shore Natural Science Center’s grant writer and natural historian, John Galluzzo, and colleagues from Mass Audubon as they explore the numerous classroom-friendly citizen science projects you can practice with your students.

Climate Change & Inquiry-based Programming
Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
The best path for students to take to a deep understanding of climate change is self-directed. Join us as we welcome the Wade Institute for Science Education for a two-day workshop on inquiry-based programming you can use in your classroom. Using the Science and Engineering Practices for instruction and assessment is empowering for teachers and students alike.  In this workshop, teachers will engage as learners with the practices and then reflect on how they can implement the practices in their own classroom instruction.

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.

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

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