Mote to host professional development workshop for teachers

On February 17 and 24, Mote’s education staff will be hosting professional development workshops as a part of a series for southwest Florida middle and high school teachers. This month’s sessions will highlight Florida coastal reptiles and human impacts and citizen science.

 “Teachers are clearly a very important influence on student achievement and we are thrilled to be able to provide opportunities for science-based professional development,” said Aly Busse, Mote’s Assistant Vice President for Education.

Participating teachers will gain experience using appropriate technologies and will create multi‐media teaching resources for use in their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will be encouraged to share their new knowledge, resources and lessons with their school colleagues. Workshop content will be aligned with Florida standards, as well as county instructional resources with the ability to meet the specific needs of each school, grade, and class.

“I feel like the Mote Professional Development Workshops for teachers are so very helpful for getting information that is not provided in other ways,” said Lee Maxwell McIntosh Middle School. “I love that they keep me in touch with actual working scientists who are studying present issues in our environment. Being able to collaborate with other professionals on these subjects is awesome.”

See session descriptions below:

Florida Coastal Reptiles
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Description: This workshop will focus on Florida coastal reptiles (sea turtles and crocodilians) as well as Mote's world-renowned sea turtle conservation, research program, rehabilitation hospital. Activities will include science lectures, behind the scenes tours and special training sessions of Mote's coastal reptiles. With this workshop, we hope to help inform and encourage best practices for collaborative teacher professional development integrating science and technology. Featured experts include Amber Shaw and Veronica Garcia.
 
Human Impacts and Citizen Science
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Description: This workshop will focus focused on Mote’s world-renowned research and conservation efforts. Topics of discussion will include marine debris, microplastics and other human impacts. Activities will include marine debris surveys, cleanups and data entry using citizen science apps. Participants will also take part in a microplastics lab and learn how they can bring these activities to their classrooms. With this workshop, we hope to help inform and encourage best practices for collaborative teacher professional development integrating science and technology. Featured experts include Kim Bassos-Hull and Dr. Abbey Tyrna, University of Florida/IFAS Extension & Sustainability Water Resources Agent.

To register click here.