Invitation: Preparing Your Students to Their Future Role in Addressing Local Climate and Energy Challenges
Dear Teachers and Supervisors,
I am reaching out to you as you have particiapted in teacher professional development programs or school tours ar the Blue Hill Observatory Science Center. I am a member of Blue Hill Observatory's Board of Directors.
I am offering you the opportunity, through a webinar, to learn about vetted climate and energy sceince educational resources that you and your colleagues will find usefull in your teaching, and to explore the ideas and structure envisioned for a new STEM teacher professional development program focused through the lens of cliamte and Earth Science. I wouild like to follow up that webinar with a survey for you to provide your inpuit and reflections on the ideas presented.
I have been involved in Earth and cliamte science curriculum development and teacher professional development for quite a while. You can learn more about me and the Earth and cliamte science projects (Earthlabs, CLEAN, Earth Exploration Toolbook) I have led here: https:/serc.carleton.edu/eet/people/ledley.html
The program I have envisioned builds on a lot of what was learned from those earlier projects and includes an ongoing blended (face to face and on line) teacher professional learning community. It also includes support for integrating the NGSS or State Science Standards that includes NGSS 3-D learning requirement into teaching, and cross-sector community stakeholder and expertise partnerships that help you put science in the context of climate change impacts where you live. I gave a 5 minute Ted-like talk in December that you can view( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMuEFz5W600&feature=youtu.be
) for a brief overview.
What is needed now is feedback on these ideas from in-classroom teachers - please share this invitation with other teachers. I am interested in understanding from your perspective, what sounds useful, what does not, what might work and what would be difficult to get off the ground or get teachers engaged with, what is missing. In addition I am interested in understanding how funds available to you for professional development are allocated to you by your school/school district.
I have the opportunity to work with three Harvard Graduate School of Education students to conduct a formative evaluation to get your feedback. I am hoping that you are willing to participate. This will involve you taking part in a 1-1.5 hour webinar sometime in the next 4 weeks where I can present the vision and structure of the STEM
Education for Tomorrow's Workforce program, provide an overview of vetted climate and energy science resources that are available to you now, and give you the opportunity to ask questions (either during the webinar or buy e mail later). Then, either immediately, or soon after we would ask you to complete an on line survey conducted by the graduate students to provide your feedback.
Please let me know if you are or are not interested in participating. If you are please give me days of the week and times of the day that you would be available for a webinar. I will run a doodle poll to identify dates and will conduct the webinar multiple times to try t accommodate all who want to participate. Also, if you know other teachers who would like to participate please share this invitation with them.
As a gift for participating the Blue Hill Observatory has graciously agreed to provide every participant with a copy of their publication - The 1927 Flood in Vermont and New England.
Blue Hill Observatory Board of Directors
2017 Harvard Advance Leadership Fellow