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Professional Development Institute


Professional Development Institute: July 14th -18th, 2014 Upated details and application coming soon.

The Discovering the Science of the Environment institute is a week-long summer institute that focuses on learning science and mathematics through inquiry and using outdoor learning spaces. The institute incorporates curriculum and training from the nationally recognized Earth Partnership for Schools program, technology enhancements, and curriculum and training from Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). All curriculum materials have been aligned to address Indiana State Academic Standards for Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies and customized for Indiana natural areas.

This year's institute will focus on using the environment as a theme for integrating STEM across the curriculum and address challenges in conducting hands-on activities in the classroom. We will explore the use of outdoor laboratories on school sites and provide several practical examples and tools that teachers can incorporate into their education. This workshop is appropriate for elementary schools that have existing outdoor labs / school ground natural areas or for those who would like to develop outdoor learning programs.

The Summer 2014 workshop will be led by Dr. Brian Plankis (inquiry based science and environmental education specialist), Dr. Craig Willey (math education specialist), and Michele Roberts (computer science) with assistance from Dr. Pamela Martin (environmental scientist) and CEES education outreach staff.  IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science ("CEES") staff and Institute leaders will provide support through the school year to assist schools with their hands-on STEM experiences and curriculum development.

The institute is part of an ongoing study that examines in the impact of professional development institutes and coaching in intergration of STEM activities into the elementary school curriculum. Participants will include teachers about to enter their first year of teaching as well as seasoned teachers. 

The next institute is scheduled for July 14th -18th, 2014.  Please contact if you would like to be involved.