KBS K-12 Partnership Workshop

Date: April 14, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Contact: Kara Haas, karahaas@msu.edu, 269-671-2360

KBS K-12 Partnership Spring workshop for teacher professional development in science teaching! Learn more about the KBS K-12 Partnership at http://www.kbs.msu.edu/outreach/kbs-k-12-partnership/


Plenary: Dr. Brook Wilke, Farm Manager, Kellogg Biological Station “Innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture at KBS”

In the morning we’ll have concurrent sessions on: smartphone microscopes, Avida-Ed, using models, 3D printing, freeze tolerance of plants, using apps for outdoor investigations

In the afternoon we will learn more about the sustainable agriculture work at KBS with a field trip to the Pasture Dairy Center and observation of a rainfall simulator at the Long-term Ecological Research field lab.

Costs: Program is FREE. Sub costs will be reimbursed for Fall and Spring workshop participants. One form per school building/district. Form can be found here: http://www.kbs.msu.edu/outreach/kbs-k-12-partnership/workshops-and-institutes/. Please return the form with an INVOICE from your school district. Invoice must include the name of the teacher, name of the sub and the pay rate. Email (karahaas@msu.edu) or mail to Kara Haas, KBS, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

The KBS K-12 Partnership is a joint effort among KBS scientists, MSU College of Education faculty, and science teachers and administrators in southwest Michigan school districts. Since 1999 the partnership has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, including awards from the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB), the Teacher Retention and Renewal Program (EHR), awards from the NSF GK-12 Program (EHR), and the NSF Math and Science Partnership. The partnership provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental science and training to teach inquiry-based science at the elementary and secondary levels.

Major elements of the KBS K-12 Partnership program are:

  • Professional development opportunities for teachers and graduate student fellows that focus on providing inquiry-based approaches to learning about and effectively teaching science in the K-12 classroom.
  • Providing opportunities for K-12 teachers in other programs at KBS and MSU; including serving as mentor teachers for undergraduates studying to be teachers and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) positions in faculty labs.
  • Creating new opportunities for K-12 teachers and MSU faculty and students to work together to deepen and improve the way science is taught and communicated in our community.


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