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Teaching Great Lakes Literacy

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Teaching Great Lakes Literacy (TGLL) connects math, science, and other educators with scientists to create and pilot lessons centered around Great Lakes-focused topics and issues. TGLL is now accepting applications from grade 6-12 math, science, and other educators to be part of this year’s cohort focused on research in and connected to the Lake Huron watershed. TGLL partners with educators from grades 6-12 math, science, and other disciplines.

This TGLL opportunity models off of the successful Oregon Marine Scientist and Educator Alliance (ORSEA). See similar examples of marine ocean-themed lessons on the ORSEA website.

This year, TGLL will “kick-off” with a webinar in November and an in-person workshop in Bay City on December 2 and 3, followed by monthly online check-ins in the winter and spring. Participants will work in teams to design and implement a Great Lakes-themed unit that integrates math, science, and additional concepts. Educators will determine when during the second semester to try their activities/lessons with their students. Teams will have through July 2024 to complete and submit a unit write-up, and a Capstone event will be held in August 2024.

Educators selected to participate will receive $2,000 in stipend support for this project, including:

  • $1000 stipend support for student engagement in piloting lessons and learning with students (delivered December 2023)
  • $1000 personal stipend for each educator to support planning and development of lessons (delivered August 2024)

In addition to the stipends, workshop expenses – such as travel and overnight accommodations – are covered for program participants.

TGLL is part of the Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL), a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators throughout the Great Lakes watershed. CGLL fosters informed and responsible decisions that advance basin-wide stewardship by providing hands-on experiences, educational resources, and networking opportunities promoting Great Lakes literacy among an engaged community of educators, scientists, and youth. 

TGLL is supported by Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, CGLL, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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