Past Professional Development Opportunities

2017 S/V Denis Sullivan Shipboard Science Workshop

Event Dates: August 13-19, 2017
Event location: Milwaukee, WI and Lake Michigan

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) invites 3rd-12th-grade teachers and nonformal educators who teach in Minnesota or Wisconsin to participate in this FREE 6-day August workshop to:

  • Sail aboard Wisconsin’s flagship S/V Denis Sullivan and experience the Great Lakes directly on this historic schooner
  • Learn from mentor teachers, scientists and CGLL staff about how to incorporate Great Lakes concepts into your teaching
  • Join the Denis Sullivan crew to learn about Great Lakes maritime history and the science of sailing
  • Find out about free Great Lakes resources for your classroom

Apply to be either a Mentor Teacher or a Teacher Learner:

Teacher Mentor: A teacher or nonformal educator who previously participated in a COSEE/CGLL shipboard science workshop and is interested in mentoring teachers new to Great Lakes concepts

Teacher Learner: A teacher or nonformal educator who has no previous shipboard science workshop experience

 

Registration Closed…2017 Shipboard Science Workshop on Lake Huron

Event Dates: July 8-14, 2017
Event location: Lake Huron

This July, experience a once-in-a-lifetime professional development opportunity as you travel across Lake Huron! Join the Center for Great Lakes Literacy and Great Lakes scientists on a research expedition on Lake Huron from July 8-14, 2017. Fifteen lucky educators from the Great Lakes region will spend a week onboard learning Great Lakes science, human impacts, and classroom applications.

Educators will:

  • live and work alongside Great Lakes scientists using state of the art techniques and equipment to monitor phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic organisms and water quality
  • explore the Lake Huron’s biology, geology, chemistry, and human impacts
  • learn about and try out Great Lakes and ocean literacy classroom activities
  • build new professional networks with like-minded teachers and scientists
  • visit the NOAA Marine Sanctuary

The cruise will start and end in Detroit with stops in Port Huron and Alpena, MI.

Successful applicants will be notified by March 24.

All the Details

FAQs

Read blogs from past participants and check out the research vessel.

Summer 2016: Lake Superior Shipboard Science on the R/V Lake Guardian

Event Dates: July 9-15, 2016
Event location: Lake Superior

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected by April 8, 2016.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite teachers working with 4th-10th grade students in the Great Lakes Basin and non-formal educators with a Great Lakes focus to apply for a spot on this unique, expenses-paid, educators’ cruise.

Join us for a week-long professional development workshop, working side-by-side with scientists on the 180-foot US EPA research vessel Lake Guardian.

  • Explore lake ecology, geology, geography, weather, and biochemical processes
  • Study plankton, benthic organisms, water quality, and human impacts
  • Participate in aquatic research and monitoring
  • Explore special habitats and informal learning sites at coastal ports
  • Examine curricula and resources that will bring Great Lakes and ocean literacy activities to your classroom
  • Build professional networks with Great Lakes educators and scientists

Read blogs from past participants and check out the research vessel.

Still have questions? Check out our workshop Shipboard Science 2016 FAQs

Visualize Your Water High School Challenge – Watch Webinar

Event Dates: The Challenge closes on March 1, 2016
Event location: Watch the archived webinar to learn about the Challenge

The challenge, Visualize Your Water, asks students to create compelling visualizations about nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes using geographic information system (GIS) software in conjunction with water quality data collected through Federal, state, and local efforts. Through this challenge, the administration seeks to encourage career-oriented skills and environmental stewardship. High school students enrolled in grades 9-12 in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York are eligible. This applies to public, private, magnet, charter, and home school students.

The University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute and Minnesota Sea Grant partnered to offer a free webinar supporting those interested in accepting the challenge. The webinar covers how to use ArcGIS tools to create the type of interactive story maps that just might win the challenge’s Grand Prize*. The webinar also includes helpful tips on geography, data analysis and visualization, language, water quality and more.

Look under For Educators to learn more. View the archived webinar.

Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop

Event Dates: July 12-18, 2015
Event location: Lake Michigan

Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected by March 31, 2015.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite 4th-12th grade teachers and non-formal educators who:

  • Are willing to incorporate Great Lakes science in their teaching, and
  • Work at educational institutions that have Great Lakes exhibits or conduct Great Lakes programming.

Join us for a week-long workshop and work side-by-side with scientists on the US EPA R/V Lake Guardian.

  • Explore lake ecology, geology, geography, weather, and biochemical processes,
  • Study plankton, benthic organisms, and water quality,
  • Examine curricula and resources that will bring Great Lakes and ocean literacy activities to your classroom,
  • Build professional networks with Great Lakes educators and scientists.

Still have questions? Check out our workshop FAQs.

Lake Huron Place-Based Education Summer Teacher Institute

Event Dates: July 14-17, 2014
Event location: NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Alpena, MI

Teachers will sample a variety of watershed projects from ROV to water quality testing and eco-tourism. Experiences will be linked to Great Lakes Literacy Principles and lessons.

Teachers Come Aboard for a Water Quality Workshop

Event Dates: August 19-20, 2014
Event location: Discovery World and UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, Milwaukee, WI

This 1 ½ day water quality workshop includes sailing on the S/V Denis Sullivan schooner, hands-on training in use of water quality monitoring equipment available for loan to educators, and an introduction to field trip opportunities and Great Lakes classroom resources.

All Aboard: Shipboard Science Workshop

Event Dates: July 7-13, 2014. Notification of acceptance by April 1.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy, Great Lakes Sea Grant Network and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite 4th-12th grade teachers and non- formal educators who:

  • Are willing to incorporate Great Lakes science in their teaching
  • Work at educational institutions that have Great Lakes exhibits or conduct Great Lakes programming