Teacher Professional Development
Past Events

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.

 

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. 

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.

 

Registration

 

 

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