Teacher Professional Development

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Mississippi Alabama Sea Grant ConsotriumThe Marine Education Center offers professional and volunteer training programs for adults, including K-12 classroom teachers.  These programs cover an assortment of marine and coastal processes and issues, and are sponsored through a variety of sources.  The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) supports our teacher development program, either through full sponsorship or partnership.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, we will offer programs to diverse audiences including both teachers and community organizers, in a variety of formats and covering an assortment of topics.  Click on the topics below to learn 1) who is eligible, 2) whether there are costs or stipends, 3) what type of continuing education credit is available, and 4) what you will learn and do.

For more information, refer to the information for participants document.  For questions and additional information, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228-818-8861 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu, or Jessie Kastler at jessica.kastler@usm.eduOnline registration is available for all programs.  

All field programs are subject to substitution of activities or postponement for poor weather.  We will inform registered participants of any changes via email.

Upcoming Programs for 2014 and 2015

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Date Topic CEUs
October 24-26, 2014 Extreme Environmental Education: Comparing the Barrier Islands of Louisiana and Mississippi 16 CLUs
November 7-9, 2014
Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME) Annual Meeting : Any Week Can Be Shark Week in Your Classroom TBD
April 10-12, 2015 Comparing the Barrier Islands of Mississippi and Louisiana 
TBD
TBD Watershed Education Aboard R/V McIlwain TBD

Program Details

Extreme Environmental Education: Comparing the Barrier Islands of Louisiana and Mississippi

October 24-26, 2014

Begins Friday at 12:00 p.m. in Lafayette, LA or 2:00 p.m. in Berwick, LA. 
Ends Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Lafayette, LA or 8:30 p.m. in Berwick, LA. 
Group travels to Grand Isle Friday, stays at the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Lab on Grand Isle for two nights, and travels to Ship Island via Gulfport, MS on Sunday.
Agenda
  Flyer  Registration  Video Introduction 

Extreme Environmental Education: Comparing the Barrier Islands of Louisiana and Mississippi, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL

View first-hand the similarities and differences between Louisiana and Mississippi barrier islands.  Compare their geologic origins, habitats and roles in protecting fragile coastlines.  Visit Grand Isle, Louisiana and Ship Island, Mississippi to collect samples and learn with environmental professionals (Dr. Jessie Kastler, GCRL; Mr. Andrew Barron, BTNEP) and experienced field teachers (Ms. Mary Macklin, Berwick High School; Mr. John Dupuis, St. Thomas More Catholic High School).    

This workshop is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Sea Grant, the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program as well as GCRL and MASGC.  It is for Louisiana teachers and will provide about 16 CLUs.  For more information, please email Ms. Mary Macklin.

See below for a similar program to be held in spring 2015 for Mississippi and Alabama teachers. 


Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME) Annual Meeting:
Any Week Can Be Shark Week in Your Classroom

November 7 - 8, 2014

Begins with supper on Friday at 5:00 pm.
Sunday - Professional Development 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, ends ~9:00 p.m. after the party.

Held at GCRL.  Agenda   Registration

Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME) Annual Meeting: Any Week Can Be Shark Week in Your Classroom, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL



Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME) Annual Meeting: Any Week Can Be Shark Week in Your Classroom, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL

Join us for the Annual Southern Association of Marine Educators (SAME) Meeting to be held November 7-9, 2014 at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  After hosting the National Marine Educators Association meeting in Mobile last year, SAME is returning to the model of previous years by including significant professional development.  The highlight of the weekend will be a presentation by Jill Hendon, who is responsible for GCRL’s Shark Lab and an excellent speaker.

Also on the agenda will be new activities developed at GCRL to teach about sharks in your classroom, the SAME business meeting and award presentation, and a Saturday evening party/silent auction on the porch of the new Field Studies Building where the breeze is always blowing.  Registration, lodging, meals and CEUs will be available for purchase.  Field excursions are sponsored by MASGC.  Please nominate a colleague for the Outstanding Educator Award. Email Jessica Kastler if you are bringing an auction item.


Comparing the Barrier Islands of Mississippi and Louisiana 

April 10-12, 2015
Rain date: May 1 - 3, 2015

Begins Friday at 9:00 a.m. at GCRL.  Group will travel to Grand Isle Friday and return to GCRL on Saturday night at ~8:00 p.m.  Individuals may go home Saturday night or stay in the GCRL dormitory.  Participants will travel as a group or individually to Gulfport, MS on Sunday.
Ends Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Gulfport, MS or 4:30 p.m. at GCRL.
Agenda   Registration

Comparing the Barrier Islands of Mississippi and Louisiana, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL 

Why are Louisiana’s wetlands disappearing at such an alarming rate?  Is this also happening in Mississippi?  Explore these questions and some of the answers during field excursions to Grand Isle, Louisiana and Ship Island, Mississippi, with Dr. Jessie Kastler, a coastal ecologist with 20 years of experience in research and teaching related to wetland change.

This workshop is sponsored by MASGC for Mississippi and Alabama teachers.  Participants will receive CEUs, lunch at GCRL, and classroom resources appropriate to the workshop content.  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. 


Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain

Dates and details to be determined

Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL


 

Watershed Education Aboard the R/V McIlwain, Teacher Professional Development at GCRL

Join us as we launch a new program to guide you in engaging your middle and high school aged students in a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) that takes place during the school year in your classroom and during a research cruise on the Pascagoula River aboard GCRL’s R/V Tom McIlwain

This program is not limited to classroom teachers.  Any adult with a goal of teaching environmental stewardship may lead a group of children of appropriate ages through this experience, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program.  The program targets teachers and group leaders working with underserved and under-represented students located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

One chaperone from each participating group must attend a three-day training session at GCRL (dates TBD, 2015) to learn how to deliver material that will prepare students for their research cruise.  That person will receive a stipend, CEUs if appropriate, and instructional materials for use in the classroom part of the MWEE.  Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

To receive information about this program as it becomes available, please provide your contact information here.  Your registration on this site does not commit you to participate; it just helps us keep in touch with those who are interested.

Registration

Register with this convenient online system. 

Each workshop requires submission of a separate registration form. For more information, please contact Aaron Lamey at 228.818.8861 or aaron.lamey@usm.edu.  Space is limited so register early!

Continuing Education Credit

CEUs are available for teachers through the University of Southern Mississippi Office of Professional Development and Educational Outreach (PDEO).  The number of CEUs awarded in each program will be posted here upon approval of our request of PDEO to offer them. Because we update our offerings every time they are offered and they must be approved each time, the number of CEUs available for a workshop is not known until about one month before it is held.  We submit paperwork to the PDEO about one week following the end of each workshop, and later than two weeks.  You may request a copy of CEUs awarded in the past here.

Forms and Documents

Past Events

Look here for past teacher professional development events here.

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