Teachers working on projects during the Project-Based Science Teacher Institute at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Year 1 (New Participants)

GRADES
6–8
July 29–August 3, 2018

Registration opens January 22, 2018.

About the Institute

Enhance your curriculum with student-driven projects that support Next Generation Science Standards. Project-based science encourages students to ask questions, make meaning from what they learn, and apply knowledge and skills in new contexts. The hands-on, collaborative nature of projects provides a learning experience that models best science-teaching practices and integrates Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. You'll return to your classroom with skills and materials to employ project-based strategies and engage students in authentic inquiry-based science as they investigate conservation issues connected to their lives and their environment.

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 6th through 8th grade classroom teachers; interdisciplinary teams encouraged
  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Implement a project with your students
  • Integrate technology into your classroom
  • Share your project with the group at the end of the year
  • Participate in an online professional learning community throughout the school year
  • Stipend: $50 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • Lodging: Dorm housing and meals will be provided at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach
  • Credit: Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay

Related Classroom Activities:


Beth Callaghan

Meet the Lead Instructor

Beth Callaghan
Senior Education Specialist
Read bio

"It was a great combination of actual science content, pedagogy tools, planning strategies and experience with hands-on activities of many kinds."

- Past participant, 7th grade teacher


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

Year 2 (Program Alumni)

GRADES
6–8
Not offered in 2018

Please check back later for updates on the 2019 institute.

About the Institute

Continue to hone your practice with project-based science as you engage in further science content and pedagogy activities. Enjoy sessions focused on deepening your understanding of the nature of science, field investigation protocols in general, and specific longer-term data collection through more in-depth biodiversity, soil and water investigations and their interconnectedness in ecosystems. You'll learn to facilitate more rigorous student projects and better manage projects in the classroom. As a Year 2 participant you'll also have greater access to community resources and Aquarium staff for coaching and project development.
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 (2017 or earlier)
  • Have an administrator from each school or district complete the Administrator's Letter in support of your team
  • Teams of 6th through 8th grade classroom teachers; interdisciplinary teams encouraged
  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Implement a project with your students
  • Integrate technology into your classroom
  • Share your project with the group at the end of the year
  • Participate in an online professional learning community throughout the school year
  • Stipend: $100 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • Credit: Units are available through CSU Monterey Bay

Related Classroom Activities:


Beth Callaghan

Meet the Lead Instructor

Beth Callaghan
Senior Education Specialist
Read bio

"This institute gave me many more ideas, resources and motivation than I could have fathomed. I have done three other professional formative courses in the past that were O.K. Your teacher institute was extraordinary!"

- Past participant, 8th grade teacher


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