Professional Development

Trimming our Sails: Land-Based Workshops about the Great Lakes and Inland Waters (a virtual workshop series and networking events)

Registration/Application Deadline: June 17, 2020
Event Dates: Wednesdays, July 13 through August 19, 2020. Workshops 9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m. "Joyful Hours" (networking events) 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Event location: The comfort of your own space, via Zoom
Intended Audience: 4th through 12th grade teachers and educators in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Workshop theme: Great Lakes and the Human Connection (Great Lakes Literacy Principle #6)

Workshop series summary: Join Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant for a 6 week workshop series that explores Great Lakes Literacy Principle 6: How the Great Lakes influence humans, and how humans influence the Great Lakes. Learn from educators who have participated in shipboard science workshops, researchers, and Center for Great Lakes Literacy staff about Great Lakes science along with classroom and field applications. 

Why? Learn about the Great Lakes, meet new or reunite with colleagues, touch base with scientists and other professionals, share your experiences, and earn a stipend for participating in four of the six workshops and completing an action plan (up to 10 stipends per state so register early). Additionally, teachers who sign up for both macroinvertebrate sessions will become eligible to enter a drawing to win a Leaf Pack Network leaf pack kit.

Who should attend the workshop series? The workshop series is open to any 4th through 12th grade formal, non-formal, or informal educator in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Registration is required so a Zoom link can be sent. 

Joyful Hour: Each of the workshops in the series will be followed by a themed “Joyful Hour.”  This optional event will provide a chance for returning educators to reconnect with shipboard science colleagues and share successes with new and returning educators. Additionally, educators new to the Center for Great Lakes Literacy will learn about programming and related topics. While “Joyful Hours” are optional, registration is required so we have an estimate of how many people to expect.

Who should attend the Joyful Hours? Teachers and educators who have participated in Center for Great Lakes Literacy shipboard science workshops or are interested in learning more about Center for Great Lakes Literacy training opportunities and resources.

Where are these events taking place? Anywhere you have the ability to participate via Zoom.

When? 

Workshops: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  1. July 15: Macroinvertebrates I – what can macroinvertebrates tell you about the health of an aquatic environment?
  2. July 22: Plankton and water chemistry (water quality)
  3. July 29: Cyanobacteria and toxic blooms
  4. August 5: Microplastics
  5. August 12: Winter lake ecology
  6. August 19: Macroinvertebrates II – What did I find and what does it tell me about the environment? Dig through your samples as we learn together (virtually) what was collected. Plus other citizen science opportunities.

Joyful Hours: Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  1. July 15: Denis Sullivan shipboard science
  2. July 22: Successes and challenges of implementing Great lakes and aquatic sciences with students
  3. July 29: Lake Guardian shipboard science
  4. August 5: Using curriculum kits
  5. August 12: Sharing other water-based professional development opportunities
  6. August 19: Wrap up discussion

Where do I register? Register here: https://forms.gle/YHpRaptLD2UjCrkdA

Can’t make these dates? Don’t worry, the workshops will be available on the Center for Great Lakes Literacy Website at CGLL.org. Please note that only participants who attended four of the six live workshops are eligible for stipends.

Additional Details

Target audience: 4th through 12th grade teachers and educators in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Cost? Stipend? Travel costs? Credits?: Cost is free. Registration is required. Stipends are available for a limited number of participants from each state who attend at least four of the six workshops and complete an action plan.
For more information: Minnesota teachers and educators contact Marte Kitson, [email protected], 218-726-8305. Wisconsin teachers and educators contact Anne Moser [email protected], 608-262-3069.

Application Materials

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2020 S/V Denis Sullivan Shipboard Workshop – CANCELLED

Registration/Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
Event Dates: August 3, 2020 - August 8, 2020. CANCELLED
Event location: Milwaukee, WI and Lake Michigan
Intended Audience: 4th -12th grade teachers and nonformal educators who teach in Wisconsin

April 30, 2020

Due to the seriousness of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s workshop.

Wisconsin Sea Grant wants to thank this year’s applicants for all of the time, energy and dedication you devoted to applying for the Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop.  We hope you will consider applying again next year for the workshop.

Watch cgll.org in early 2021 for information.

Additional Details

Target audience: 4th -12th grade teachers and nonformal educators who teach in Wisconsin
Cost? Stipend? Travel costs? Credits?: Housing and meals provided aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan; stipend provided for other expenses. Graduate credit may be avaialble.
For more information: [email protected]

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Application Materials

All application materials and instructions to apply are included on our online application. In addition to this form, we request a personal statement and a letter of recommendation. Details about both of these items are included on the form.

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The 2020 Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop – This application period is closed.

Registration/Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Event Dates: July 6-12, 2020 - CANCELLED

Due to the seriousness of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s workshop.

The CGLL Team wants to thank this year’s applicants for all of the time, energy and dedication you devoted to applying for the Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop.  We hope you will consider applying again next year for the workshop that will take place on Lake Superior.

Watch cgll.org in early 2021 for information about our shipboard science opportunity on Lake Superior next summer.

Additional Details

Application Materials

2020 Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop

Registration/Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Event Dates: July 6 - 12, 2020 - CANCELLED
Event location: Lake Michigan (departing from and returning to Milwaukee, WI)
Intended Audience: grades 5 - 12 classroom teachers and informal educators, applicants must reside in a Great Lakes state.

Due to the seriousness of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s workshop.

The CGLL Team wants to thank this year’s applicants for all of the time, energy and dedication you devoted to applying for the Lake Michigan Shipboard Science Workshop.  We hope you will consider applying again next year for the workshop that will take place on Lake Superior.

Watch cgll.org in early 2021 for information about our shipboard science opportunity on Lake Superior next summer.

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy and Great Lakes Sea Grant Network invite teachers working with 5th-12th grade students and informal educators with a Great Lakes focus to apply for a spot on this unique, expenses-paid, educators’ cruise. Applicants must reside in a Great Lakes state.  Applications are due February 28, 2020.

Join us for a week-long professional learning opportunity, working side-by-side with scientists on the 180-foot research vessel Lake Guardian. Participants board the ship on July 6, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI and return to Milwaukee on July 12, 2020.

  • Work alongside top scientists as we explore the ecology, geology, geography, biogeochemistry, weather, and current issues affecting Lake Michigan. 
  • Learn to collect data and use scientific equipment to study water quality, food web dynamics, microbes, zooplankton, and larval fish.
  • Experience high-quality curricula and resources focusing on Great Lakes literacy.
  • Share this shipboard experience of a lifetime with like-minded educators dedicated to bringing environmental issues that affect the Great Lakes to the forefront of science education.
  • Earn a stipend and 60 contact hours (if interested, two graduate semester hours from Ashland University [$360 tuition] can be purchased by the participant).

Interested? Check out the research vessel, past blogs, and the official flyer.

Meet two of the scientists leading the experience:  Paris Collingsworth & Maureen Coleman.

 

Additional Details

Target audience: grades 5 - 12 classroom teachers and informal educators, applicants must reside in a Great Lakes state.
For more information: Contact Terri Hallesy ([email protected]) or Joan Cox ([email protected])

Application Materials

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