Teacher Professional Development

Year 1 (New Participants)

GRADES
3–5
2018 (Dates to be determined)

This institute will not be offered in 2017. Please check back for 2018 dates.

About the Institute

Explore Monterey Bay's coastal ecosystems and get an up-close look at its amazing animals of the schoolyard, kelp forest, slough, sandy shore and deep sea. With colleagues, Aquarium educators and scientists, you'll conduct your own field investigations, learn to implement science notebooks, and experience how authentic science writing can improve your students' science literacy. With a focus on systems—one of Next Generation Science Standards' crosscutting concepts—you'll learn how to integrate literacy skills, science and engineering practices, and technology to get your students excited about protecting the world's ocean.

Opportunities:

Collaborate with Colleagues
Discover New Teaching Strategies
Engage with Scientists and Experts
Explore Local Field Sites
Go Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium
Incorporate Technology
Integrate Inquiry-Based Curriculum
Support Common Core State Standards
Support Next Generation Science Standards

Fee:

None

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Teams of full-time 3rd through 5th grade classroom teachers
  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Implement the curriculum with your students and share your efforts with institute participants
  • Lead an in-service or action project at your school site or district
  • Participate in the Aquarium's online professional development community
  • Stipend: $100 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • Credit: Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay

Related Classroom Activities:


Meet the Lead Instructor

Joey Noelle Lehnhard
Senior Education Specialist
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"I love the way the institute showed ways to combine technology, the environment and the Common Core State Standards. The lessons and activities will help my students become better critical thinkers and writers."

- Past participant, 4th grade teacher


Educator Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Phone: (831) 648-4862
Fax: (831) 647-4526
educatorprograms@mbayaq.org

Year 2 (Program Alumni)

GRADES
3–5
July 17–21, 2017

Registration is now closed.

About the Institute

Take your teaching outside and implement a conservation-focused project with your students that will guide them to take action for their planet! With colleagues, Aquarium educators and scientists, you'll dive deep into the pedagogy of project-based science—which supports student-centered teaching—and learn how to use the tools from Coastal Systems Teacher Institute Year 1 to create more authentic science experiences for your students. The hands-on, collaborative nature of projects provides a learning experience that equips your students with 21st century skills through field investigations and technology integration. By incorporating the science and engineering practices of Next Generation Science Standards, this institute will help you transform your science teaching and enjoy the process.
Download complete program details (PDF)

Opportunities:

Collaborate with Colleagues
Discover New Teaching Strategies
Engage with Scientists and Experts
Explore Local Field Sites
Go Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium
Incorporate Technology
Integrate Inquiry-Based Curriculum
Support Common Core State Standards
Support Next Generation Science Standards

Fee:

None

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • For Year 2, teachers must have previously completed Year 1 of this institute (2016 or earlier) or the Splash Zone Teacher Institute.
  • Have an administrator from each school or district complete the Administrator's Letter in support of your team
  • Teams of full-time 2nd through 5th grade classroom teachers
  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Participate in online coaching opportunities
  • Implement a project with your students and share your efforts with institute participants
  • Participate in the Aquarium's online professional development community
  • Stipend: $100 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • Credit: Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay

Related Classroom Activities:


Meet the Lead Instructor

Joey Noelle Lehnhard
Senior Education Specialist
Read bio

"This was an opportunity to experience coastal ecosystems first-hand, and then bring that back to Missouri to share with my students who may never get to experience it. The technology we were submerged in was fantastic and the learning that happened was outstanding. It's a place like no other."

- Brooks Ragar, 4th grade teacher


Educator Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Phone: (831) 648-4862
Fax: (831) 647-4526
educatorprograms@mbayaq.org