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Teacher training programs are designed to increase learners’ knowledge of coastal ecology and the impacts of human actions on coastal areas, and to promote ecologically sustainable behaviors. Participants learn to access and utilize environmental data while preparing math and science lessons that are exciting for students, meet prescribed education standards, and teach communication and analytical skills using real world scenarios. The Reserve currently offers a variety of teacher training opportunities, including graduate credit courses and presentations at regional, state, and national conferences. The programs highlight topics such as renewable energy, climate change, coastal processes, eutrophication, and estuarine ecology. The Reserve’s K-12 Educator also provides one to one consulting with teachers to infuse estuarine education into the curriculum.

Current Workshops

REGISTER:
2018 Teachers on the Estuary and the Wampanoag Circle of Life  (grades 3-5)
June26-28, 2018 and November 3, 2018
Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a program of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) that offers field-based professional development for teachers on watershed and estuary topics at Research Reserves. In this program, Reserves use local research and habitats as a context for introducing teachers to coastal science and issues.

2018 Elementary-Wampanoag Circle of Life Flyer
2018 Elementary-Wampanoag Circle of Life Syllabus
This course will introduce teachers of grades 3-5 to salt marsh and estuary ecology (specifically life cycles, food webs, and adaptations) through the lens of Cape Cod Wampanoag culture as well as research scientists and experienced coastal educators.

 

Curriculum & Activities

Massachusetts: Bringing Wetlands to Market: A STEM Curriculum Linking Wetlands and Climate Change
The “Bringing Wetlands to Market” research studies located in Falmouth and Mashpee on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, examine the relationship between salt marshes, climate change, nitrogen pollution, and the economic value of salt marshes as carbon sinks. This STEM curriculum module, which is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards, introduces many different aspects of this exciting project and provides teaching ideas and activities for sharing it with teachers and students.
Recommended for Grades 9-12 (many middle school teachers have used it)

Google Earth Activity: Waquoit Bay Reserve Watershed (for middle and high school science and math students)

Google Earth Waquoit Bay Watershed Tour

Fertilizer Town Meeting Role Play Activity (for middle and high school science or social studies.civics students)

 

Past Workshops

2017 Pollinating Your Curriculum:
Teacher Professional Development for grades 3-5 Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math
Tuesday, Feb 28 5-8 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 8:30-5:30 pm, Monday, June 26, 1-5 pm at Reserve HQ
Create a pollinator garden at your school. 1 graduate credit or PDPs available. Register on events section of website.
Download flyer here:Pollinator 2017
Download syllabus here:Pollinating Your Curriculum_ Framingham- CCCCSTEM final (2)

2017 Teachers on the Estuary and the Wampanoag Circle of Life  (grades 3-5)
This course will introduce teachers of grades 3-5 to salt marsh and estuary ecology (specifically life cycles, food webs, and adaptations) through the lens of Cape Cod Wampanoag culture as well as research scientists and experienced coastal educators.

2017 TOTE and the Wampnapoag Circle of Life syllabus here   2017_TOTE_Circle of Life syllabus 30 contact hours STEM PDP
2017 TOTE and the Wampnaog Circle of Life  flyer here Elementary TOTE 2017

2016 Wastewater in Watersheds: The Perfect STEM Topic
(middle and high school biology, chemistry, engineering, science and math teachers: 14 PDPs and/or 1 graduate credit)
Friday, Saturday, April 8, 9, 2016 syllabus- Wastewater–2016 syllabus- Framinghamv2

2016 Teachers on the Estuary and the Wampanoag Circle of Life syllabus (grades 3-5)
2016_TOTE_Circle of Life syllabus 24 contact hours PRDV 75324

2016 Teachers on the Estuary: Investigating a Changing Environment (middle and high school)
2016_TOTE_syllabus Investigating a Changing Environment