Summer 2015 Professional Development Opportunities

POSOH Project leadership from CMN, CESA 8, and UW-Madison are pleased to announce three upcoming teacher professional development summer institutes that are supported by our partnership project. Our work is a service for area school districts and community members in the CESA 7 & 8 regions as well as students and teachers in tribal communities across Wisconsin. 2015 is the final year that our institutes will be offered and last time a stipend will be available for all institute participants.  Check out the brochure for our Grade 7 Biodiversity & Sustainability and Grade 9 Energy Transformation & Sustainability Unit Institutes here: finalPDBrochure 2015 v2

During the first week in August, we will hold a PD Institute just for educators serving tribal students in public, tribal, or boarding schools on or near reservations throughout the United States. This unique PD will focus not only on POSOH’s Biodiversity & Sustainability and Energy Transformation & Sustainability Units, but also provide extended networking opportunities and time to reflect on the benefits of using place-based, culturally relevant science materials with Native students. See the brochure here: finalTribal School PDBrochure 2015v2

The 3 summer institutes will be held at the College of Menominee Nation (Grade 7 Institute and the Tribal School Educators’ Institute) or CESA 8 in Gillett, Wisconsin (Grade 9 Institute), and will be co-facilitated by a team of UW-Madison professional curriculum developers and local area educators. Participants will actively engage in practical and interesting professional practices while learning and preparing to teach (or co-teach) the POSOH Grade 7 Biodiversity & Sustainability Unit  and/or the POSOH Grade 9 Energy Transformation & Sustainability Unit.

Following the Summer 2015 Institutes, all participants will receive all materials needed to teach the unit(s). This extraordinary opportunity offers participants both time and stipend to bring well-designed and engaging unit(s) into their classrooms.

We invite you to take advantage of this engaging opportunity for teachers working with middle school and/or high school students to earn a stipend and collaborate in learning innovative new science units designed specifically for students in our area.

POSOH’s professional development is designed to provide time and support for teachers to work together and learn the project’s new Grade 7 and/or Grade 9 Science Units. POSOH’s science materials teach sustainability and ecology concepts in the context of the Menominee and Oneida Nation areas, engaging students in:

  • active learning and critical thinking skills through scientific inquiry
  • cultural learning and culturally relevant pedagogy
  • literacy and math connections
  • deep understanding of standards-based science concepts

Click on the links below to register for one or more Summer Institutes (each institute is 4 or 4.5 days):

Grade 7 Biodiversity & Sustainability: June 15-18

Grade 9 Energy Transformation & Sustainability: June 22-25

Tribal School Educators’ Institute: August 3-7

A $250 stipend per institute will be paid 10 weeks after full participation in the June institute(s). An additional $250 stipend will be paid after using the unit(s) in fall with students and attending a one-day Saturday follow-up meeting (date TBD by participants in June). Participants completing the Tribal School Educators’ Institute in August will receive a stipend of $500 ten weeks after the institute and online follow-up communication in Fall. All participants will have the option to purchase graduate credits through Viterbo.

For more information please contact Hedi Lauffer hfbaxter@wisc.edu