Teacher Professional Development

Teachers - Earn continuing education credits at GCRL.

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.

Click on the topics below to learn more about programs offered in 2016.
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 2016

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Date Topic CEUs
March 11, 2016 AUV Jubilee Follow-up

TBD

March 12, 2016 Spill Science I TBD
June 29 - July 1, 2016 Spill Science II

TBD

July 12-14, 2016 Watershed Education Aboard the
R/V McIlwain
TBD

Program Details

AUV Jubilee Follow-up

March 11, 2016

Agenda
*Please note this agenda is subject to change. A final agenda will be available soon.

This opportunity is only open to teachers who previously participated in AUV Jubilee Summer 2015. This workshop will provide an opportunity for teachers to reflect, revise and discuss current lesson plans. Additionally, there will be a CONCORDE research update.

Participants will receive a stipend ($100), CEUs if appropriate and lunch daily. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

 

Spill Science I -
Gain valuable tools for teaching your students oil spill research in your classroom

March 12, 2016

Agenda Registration


Do you teach about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in your classroom? Do you find it difficult to stay up to date with the current research? Wondering what local scientists are learning about the oil spill? Then, come to this one-day oil spill science workshop where there will be a presentation on some of the current findings in oil spill research. Additionally, interact with a researcher from the CONCORDE project and work with teachers to develop lessons for your classroom.


Participants will receive a stipend ($100), CEUs if appropriate and lunch. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

 

Spill Science II -
Gain a comprehensive understanding of oil spill research and take home lessons for in your classroom

June 29 - July 1, 2016

Registration Agenda available soon


Based at Gulf Coast Research Lab this three-day workshop will look at the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill research from multiple avenues (biology, geochemistry, etc.). Participants will have the opportunity to engage with current CONCORDE (Coastal River Dominated Ecosystems) research and scientists. Additionally, the workshop will include a field day to Deer Island.

This opportunity is available to high school, community college and middle school teachers from the Gulf region interested in gaining valuable knowledge about the oil spill to share with their students.
Participants will receive a stipend ($100/day), CEUs is appropriate, lunch daily and instructional materials for use in the classroom. A continental breakfast will be served each morning. 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 additional information about the CONCORDE project please visit the website, www.con-corde.org, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CONCORDE.Gulf


Watershed Education Aboard the R/V Jim Franks

July 12-14, 2016

Agenda Registration

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


 

Join us as we begin year two of this watershed education program that will guide you in engaging your middle and high school aged students in a meaningful watershed educational experience (MWEE) that takes place during the 2016-2017 school year in your classroom and during a research cruise on the Pascagoula River aboard GCRL’s R/V Jim Franks

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 the three-day training session at GCRL 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. Dormitory accommodations may be available at GCRL for out-of-town travelers. Please ask well in advance to check availability and make a reservation.

All participant's students must be at least 12 years old

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