Teaching Science Outdoors for Elementary Teachers

Date: July 24, 2017 - July 27, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd. Novi, MI 48377
Contact: Kara Haas, karahaas@msu.edu, 269-671-2360.

Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has a commitment to working with K-12 science teachers and we are partnering with Tollgate Farm and Education Center to bring the Teaching Science Outdoors program to SE Michigan.  Teaching Science Outdoors started in 2014 to provide a more in depth science experience for K-5 teachers.  More details about Teaching Science Outdoors

Teaching Science Outdoors (TSO) brings elementary teachers to an outdoor environment, such as KBS or Tollgate Farm and Education Center, and allows them to practice science in a variety of outdoor habitats, with a focus on aquatic and terrestrial. Next Generation Science Standards and technology (iPads, website and google docs) are incorporated throughout the experience. Teachers develop skills to adapt existing science curriculum for the outdoor classroom, plan and carry out an investigation, analyze and interpret data and engage in argument from evidence and build a network of resources to refer back to once they return to the classroom.

After the workshop participants will be invited to participate in webinars and other professional development opportunities at the Kellogg Biological Station and Tollgate Farm and Education Center.  Districts are also able to apply for ‘schoolyard improvement mini-grants’ to support purchases of materials to utilize the schoolyard as an outdoor classroom.  

What to expect: Lunch and snacks are included each day. Dress to be outside for 4-6 hours each day. Teachers must bring an existing lesson plan or curriculum to adapt to using outdoors or an outdoor lesson they would like to expand or improve (ex. life science units of the Cereal City kits all have an outdoor activity).  Please also plan to bring your smartphone, tablet or laptop (school or personal).

Benefits: Access to web-based resources, continued support during the school year via webinars and professional development opportunities at KBS, opportunity to apply for schoolyard improvement grant.

Who should apply?  Elementary Teachers (K-5), teams of 2-3 educators per school/district are encouraged but not required.

In the application, you will be asked,  ‘Tell us why you would like to participate and how you hope to use what you learn in your classroom?’  300 word max.  It is helpful to draft this before starting your application and then cut and paste.

The application closes on Monday, May 29, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by the Leadership Team (Kara Haas, Renee Bayer, Tali Tal).  You will be notified via email by June 2, 2017. A waiting list will be maintained.

We anticipate most applicants will be able to commute to KBS and/or Tollgate Farm and Education Center. 

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