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
Pollinating Your Curriculum: Teacher Professional Development for grades 3-5 Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, Math: 2017
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)
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)
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
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:
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. The instructors and guest presenters will use field and classroom activities, grade appropriate trade book literature, small group work, discussions, and mini presentations by content experts, with plenty of time for questions and answers. The interdisciplinary nature of the course leads us to call it a STREAMSS (Science Technology Reading Engineering Art Math and Social Studies) course appropriate for any teachers of grades 3-5 including classroom teachers, art teachers, music teachers, physical education teachers, special education teachers, and teachers of special populations such as deaf and hard-of-hearing. Preference will be given to grade 3-5 teachers.
Download 2017 TOTE and the Wampnapoag Circle of Life syllabus here 2017_TOTE_Circle of Life syllabus 30 contact hours STEM PDP
Download 2017 TOTE and the Wampnaog Circle of Life flyer here Elementary TOTE 2017
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
Summer 2016 Teachers on the Estuary: Investigating a Changing Environment (middle and high school) syllabus 2016_TOTE_syllabus Investigating a Changing Environment
Summer 2016 Teachers on the Estuary: Investigating a Changing Environment (middle and high school) application WB NERR TOTE application 2016
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)