Teacher Professional Development

Teachers - Earn continuing education credits at GCRL.

Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant Consotrium

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium sponsors all our teacher development programs, and partners in the GCRL B-WET project. They also provides support and act as a partner in other areas.

Most workshops consist of one or two full days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with lunch provided both days. Multi-day workshops usually include a field trip, usually aboard one of GCRL’s vessels, weather permitting.  Half-day sessions may be offered on narrower topics.

Participants will receive CEUs, lunch at GCRL, and classroom resources appropriate to the workshop content.  For some sessions there is a stipend or substitute pay of $100/day. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

For more information, or to submit your registration form, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228.818.8861 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu. Download a flyer in pdf format describing the current programs.

Upcoming Programs for 2014

Follow the links for details.

Date Topic CEUs
August 2, 2014 Special Opportunity for Teachers: Coastal Concerns for Clinicians 0.5

The on-water portion of a workshop may be cancelled if weather conditions are not acceptable. However, the workshop will continue as scheduled with other activities substituted for the on-water portion.

Special Opportunity for Teachers: Coastal Concerns for Clinicians

August 2, 2014
Half-day, Saturday,USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Cedar Point Campus
7:30 a.m. breakfast, session from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.,   Details and Agenda   Registration

Learn about Vibrio cholerae and other potential threats at the Coastal Concerns for Clinicians workshop at GCRL Flesh eating bacteria, parasites, viruses, harmful algae, and other water-borne threats to humans. Learn about their occurrence in local waters, methods to culture and study them in the lab, and treatment protocols.  This half-day Saturday workshop is designed for medical professionals, but we encourage well-prepared science teachers to attend. 

Past Events

Watershed Explorations II: Oral History

Bay Watershed Education Training - Teacher training and Date to be determined, April 23-25 2014
Three days, Thursday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Watershed Explorations II: Oral History, Teacher Professional Development workshop at GCRL

Learn how to use oral history to extend your exploration of watershed change over time.  The schedule includes presentations on interviewing, filming and editing to produce a short video.  Participants will receive resources including a camera, tripod and software to facilitate video production at school.  Please note: Previous participation in Watershed Explorations I or the B-WET Shifting Baselines project is required to participate in this workshop.

Oil Spill Science Update

February 21-22, 2014

Two days, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Itinerary [pdf]

Teacher Professional Development, Oil Spill Science Update Workshop

What is the role of science during an environmental emergency?  What have scientists learned since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill?  How can you share this with your students?  Join us to consider how science expands knowledge and how the body of knowledge has changed since the 2010 oil spill.

Coastal Ecology Aboard Miss Peetsy B

Two sessions, December 5 and 6, 2013
One day, Thursday or Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Two sessions are available. Sign up for either.

Marsh Ecology Aboard Miss Peetsy B, workshop for teachers at GCRL


Learn content relevant to field experiences available at the Marine Education Center. Participants will explore local marshes aboard the vessel Miss Peetsy B. and learn to implement lessons that highlight basic principles of coastal ecology. Curriculum materials aligned to common core and state standards will be provided.

Typical itinerary

Watershed Explorations I: Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience

Bay Watershed Education Training - Teacher training and November 15-16, 2013

Two days, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Itinerary [pdf]

Watershed Explorations I: Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience, TPD at GCRL

Enhance your ability to teach science and stewardship with this Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) that explores watershed change across the landscape and over decades using maps, aerial photographs, and outdoor experiences.



You may register using this form. Please submit a separate registration form for each workshop you want to attend. If you have questions, contact the Marine Education Center by email or call 228.818.8833. Space is limited so register early!

Participating teachers may receive CEUs by requesting them on the application.

Continuing Education Credit

CEU credits are available for teachers.  Teachers obtain CEUs by requesting them on the application and completing registration paperwork during the session. CEU credit levels have been requested for all sessions; CEU credit information will be posted when it becomes available.

Forms and Documents

Teachers learn about teaching marine sciences aboard the research vessel Hermes during a TPD workshop at GCRL