2008 Lake Michigan Exploration Workshop

August 2-8, 2008

Chicago, IL

Applications will be invited from:

  1. Teachers of grades 4-10 from the Great Lakes basin who teach or are willing to teach Great Lakes and marine science in their classrooms.
  2. Educators from non-formal educational institutions that have Great Lakes or marine science exhibits or plan to add such topics to their programs.

The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes, in partnership with the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, invites 4th-10th grade teachers and non-formal educators from the Great Lakes region to participate in the Lake Michigan Exploration Workshop, August 2-8, 2008. This workshop is designed to promote Great Lakes and ocean sciences in formal and informal education and forge lasting relationships between science researchers and educators. Participants will be involved in classroom and field programs, work with scientists, examine curricula and resources, and explore classroom activities relating to the Great Lakes and ocean resources. Fifteen educators will be selected from throughout the Great Lakes basin.

This seven-day summer workshop will offer educators an excursion into Great Lakes and marine science education. Using the learning cycle of Excite, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate, the workshop will immerse participants in inquiry, questioning, and experimentation, engage educators in concrete tasks, build on their experiences with students and deepen their content skills. Just as importantly, the workshop will demonstrate for educators how to connect their work to specific standards for student performance.

Workshop Objectives

Our plan is for educators to be able to:

  • Interact with scientists conducting research on pertinent Great Lakes and ocean topics;
  • Synthesize and provide examples of how water characteristics interact with land, life, weather, and human activities;
  • Demonstrate how to implement Great Lakes and ocean information into their existing curriculum or informal education media using traditional and/or electronic means;
  • Compare Great Lakes systems with ocean counterparts, with regard to issues of human impacts and natural changes over time.

We are prepared to:

  • Introduce educators to regional Great Lakes and ocean science research topics and high quality curricular and educational resources;
  • Provide an effective interface between educators, Great Lakes and ocean science researchers;
  • Provide fun, hands-on experiences for educators to enjoy and take back to their students;
  • Promote inquiry learning through existing curricular and educational resources, aligning with National Science Education Standards;
  • Facilitate the development, exchange and implementation of curricula and lessons for the participant�s classroom;
  • Provide for long-term support, evaluation and communication between COSEE Great Lakes and the workshop participants.

Participants will be expected to:

  1. Develop a reflective journal based on class activities;
  2. Develop an electronic learning project or a curriculum development project;
  3. Complete a curriculum integration plan for continuation of course ideas and scientist interaction;
  4. Participate in all aspects of program evaluation.

University Credit

Participants can earn two (2) master�s of education graduate credits from the University of Minnesota-Duluth for workshop participation. COSEE Great Lakes does not pay tuition, but stipends may be used for that purpose. Information on enrolling for credit is available by contacting Dr. Bruce Munson, Chair, Department of Education, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 218-762-6324,

Participant Support

Workshop participants will receive:

  1. Upon successful completion of workshop and submission of final classroom activity, teachers will receive a $500 stipend.
  2. Lodging (double occupancy) and meals at the workshop location for six nights at no cost to the participant.
  3. Exemplary Great Lakes and marine curricula and resources.
  4. Opportunities to participate in additional COSEE Great Lakes-sponsored educational programs.
  5. Long-term support and communication between COSEE Great Lakes and the workshop participants.

Workshop Location

The Lake Michigan Exploration Workshop will be based at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The workshop will also include travel to different coastal such as the Great Lakes Water Institute in Milwaukee, WI; Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; and The John G. Shedd Aquarium. Each trip is designed to address specific topics and provide field experience.

Participant Selection Criteria

Applications are invited from:

  1. Teachers of grades 4-10 from the Great Lakes basin who teach or are willing to teach Great Lakes and marine science in their classrooms.
  2. Educators from non-formal educational institutions that have Great Lakes or marine science exhibits or plan to add such topics to their programs.

All applicants must include:

  1. An abridged resume
  2. A personal statement as described on the application, and
  3. A letter of reference from their principal or supervisor documenting the applicant�s professional qualifications for the workshop and indicating that the administrator will support efforts to integrate Great Lakes/ocean science topics into the curriculum as these topics apply to state science standards.

Educators who are Native American or members of groups underrepresented in science and/or who teach significant numbers of students who are members of such groups are encouraged to apply. Selection criteria include: geographic distribution of educators, ethnic diversity, level of professional involvement; potential to use the workshop materials and concepts in the classroom; potential to share the workshop material with other educational professionals; and date of application receipt.

Application Procedures

All communications concerning the Lake Michigan Exploration Workshop and applications should be addressed to:

Terri Hallesy
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
336 NSRC, MC-635
1101 W. Peabody Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-8809
Fax: (217) 333-8046

Completed applications with required principal or supervisor signatures must be received by April 18, 2008. Notification of participants and alternates will be made no later than May 30, 2008. In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this workshop, COSEE Great Lakes will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Workshop Team

Robin Goettel
Associate Director for Education, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Terri Hallesy
Education Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Rosanne Fortner, Ph.D.
Director, COSEE Great Lakes
James F. Lubner, Ph.D.
Education Coordinator, Wisconsin Sea Grant
Steve Stewart
Education Co-Leader, Michigan Sea Grant; Workshop Coordinator
Cindy Hagley
Environmental Quality Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant
Rochelle Sturtevant, Ph.D.
Jennifer Fackler
Program Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

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