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

Year 1 (New Participants)

GRADES
6–8
July 6–10, 2020

Applications open January 13, 2020.

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. Sessions will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and local field sites.

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

Fees

  • The institute is free
  • A stipend of $100 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • CEUs are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee (verify that your district office accepts CEUs, which are non-academic units)

Eligibility

  • Full-time 6th through 8th grade classroom teachers
  • Teams of two to four teachers from the same or nearby schools; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged

Requirements

  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Implement a student-driven project and share with colleagues at the final session
  • Integrate technology into your classroom
  • Participate in the Aquarium's online professional development community

Related Classroom Activities


Beth Callaghan

Meet the Lead Instructor

Beth Callaghan
Teacher Programs Supervisor
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: 831.648.4846
Fax: 831.647.4526
educatorprograms@mbayaq.org

Year 2 (Program Alumni)

GRADES
6–8
July 21–24, 2020

Applications open January 13, 2020.

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 investigations, longer-term data collection through more in-depth biodiversity, soil and water investigations and how human activities can support the ecosystems we depend upon. You'll learn to facilitate more rigorous student projects and better manage them 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.

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

Fees:

None

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Teachers must have previously completed Year 1 of this institute (2019 or earlier)
  • Teams of 6th through 8th grade classroom teachers; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged
  • Have an administrator from each school or district complete the Administrator's Letter (PDF) in support of your team
  • Attend all summer sessions and Saturday follow-ups during the school year
  • Implement a project with your students and share with colleagues at the final follow-up
  • Lead an action project at your school site or district
  • Participate in the Aquarium's online professional development community
  • Stipend: $50 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • CEUs are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee (verify that your District Office accepts CEUs, which are non-academic units)

Related Classroom Activities:


Beth Callaghan

Meet the Lead Instructor

Beth Callaghan
Teacher Programs Supervisor
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: 831.648.4846
Fax: 831.647.4526
educatorprograms@mbayaq.org