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.
Teacher Resources/Teacher Professional Development
Massachusetts: Bringing Wetlands to Market: A STEM Curriculum Linking Wetlands and Climate Change
• Description: 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.
• Grade Levels: Recommended for Grades 9-12 (many middle school teachers have used it)
Bouncing Back: Preparing for a Changing Coast
(middle and high school science, civics and social studies teachers: 10 PDPs)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – click here for information and registration
Water Issues in Watersheds: The Perfect STEM Topic
(middle and high school biology, chemistry, engineering, science and math teachers: 22.4 PDPs and/or 1 graduate credit)
April 10 & 11, 2015 - click here for information and registration
Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)
Teacher Training Program for Science and Math High School Teachers
A field-based teacher training program that brings coastal research into the classroom.
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. The grant provides stipends for participants, stewardship grants to implement student projects, and support for follow up sessions. For more information and to apply:
Curriculum and Activities
Google Earth Activity: Waquoit Bay Reserve Watershed (for middle and high school science and math students)
Fertilizer Town Meeting Role Play Activity (for middle and high school science or social studies.civics students)