Massachusetts Marine Educators

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Fairhaven Public Schools
The Center for Teaching and Learning University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
in partnership with
The Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies, The Massachusetts Marine Educators, The New Bedford Oceanarium, and The Teacher Leadership Academy of Massachusetts
are offering a DOE sponsored Content Institute


This course is offered to all Massachusetts teachers at no charge ~~ (67.5 PDPs)
3 graduate level credits will be available from the UMass, Dartmouth for a fee of $352

  • Visit field sites and interact with staff and faculty from the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies, UMass Boston Harbor Explorations, The New Bedford Oceanarium, and The UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology.
  • Monitor local estuary sites with a variety of student/teacher friendly equipment, test kits and technology using the GLOBE Project, MassGIS and the new UMass Dartmouth Professional and Continuing Education Center in Fall River.
  • Go back in September with materials, ideas, and inspiration!
  • Dates &Times;: May 15 & 22 (3:30-6:30): June 25, 26, 27 & 30: July1-2: August 7 (8:30-3:30)
**The Institute Tentative Schedule is shown below**

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District, School, Grade Level and Position ______________________________________________
Home Phone ____________________________Work Phone________________________________

  • Are you enrolling as part of a team? Yes/No
    If Yes: What are the names and teaching/administrative roles of other team members?



  • Signature of school principal or supervisor ________________________________________
  • Important: On a separate page, briefly describe why you want to attend this institute. Include what you hope to bring back to your students.

Mail or Fax your registration form ASAP! Registrations will be accepted in the order in which we receive them!
Registrations should be sent to:

Jack Crowley, Center for Teaching & Learning, Room105-Textiles Building
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA. 02747-2300
FAX # 508-999-9183
Questions? Telephone/email Jack Crowley at 508-910-6628 or [email protected]

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Dr. Marjorie Condon, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; Janet Michaud, Coordinator: Teacher Leadership Academy of Massachusetts and Trina Crowley, Director of Teacher Certification UMass Dartmouth campus will begin the institute with a discussion of district curriculums and alignment of state frameworks. The process of brainstorming and sharing individual and shared concerns regarding science instruction and MCAS will provide the basis for planning projects that will be useful and effective for each participant. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other teachers from the area and begin to develop the groundwork for a SouthCoast Regional Network of Science Teachers.

May 15th: Jack Crowley, Executive Director for Massachusetts Marine Educators, Science Instructor with the Center for Teaching and Learning & Teacher Educator for the New Bedford Oceanarium and Erin Gordon, Science teacher, Fairhaven High School will introduce the GLOBE Project (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment). Using a variety of sampling techniques and a combination of commercial and homemade equipment, participants will have an opportunity to see 'real science´┐Ż first hand. Data will be collected and entered on the GLOBE web site ( importance of monitoring our local estuaries and waterways will be discussed.

May 22nd: Jack Crowley and Paul Nutting, Education Outreach Director for the Massachusetts Geographic Information System (MassGIS), will be the primary instructors for the day. Participants will spend two hours in a computer workshop using the interactive MassGIS maps and will be given software and educational materials to produce various map overlays of their own school areas as part of a course project.

TENTATIVE JUNE-JULY SESSION SUMMARY JUNE 25, 26, 27& 30, - JULY 1-2, and AUGUST 7- (8:30 -3:30)

The 2nd cycle begins on Wednesday, June 25th & Thursday June 26th at the new UMass, Dartmouth Center in Fall River with two full days working on the GLOBE Project. Dick Harlow retired master teacher Tabor Academy Oceanography Program, Director, Massachusetts Marine Educators, and New Bedford Oceanarium Educator and GLOBE Project Teacher Trainer will conduct workshops on GLOBE Project; Hydrology, Atmosphere, GPS and Climate Protocols. Participants will begin data entry on their own individual GLOBE data site with individual GLOBE passwords for data entry.

Friday, June 27th - class will meet at the SMAST building in New Bedford for fieldwork with guest speaker, Dr. Nancy O'Connor, an Associate Professor in the Biology Dept. and School for Marine Science and Technology. Dr. O'Connor will discuss the invasive species found in the SouthCoast marine environments and a conduct model field study.

Monday, June 30th - class will be held at the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies in Dartmouth where participants will have the opportunity to identify plants and animals. Tricia Sheppard, Lloyd Center Teacher Educator will be a guest speaker and will discuss the ecology of SouthCoast salt marshes.

Tuesday, July 1st - class will meet at the SMAST building in New Bedford, Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, Assistant Professor at SMAST will describe how current research and fisheries population studies using new technologies are being used to help in fisheries management on this key resource for our state and region.

Wednesday July 2nd - class will meet at the UMass, Dartmouth Center in Fall River and work with Jack Crowley and Rick Schmidt, Director of Harbor Explorations Program UMass, Boston. Class will work on coastal hydrology, geology and mapping projects. Time will be spent on final plans for project work due on August 7th.

Thursday, August 7th - all participants will return to the new UMass, Dartmouth Center in Fall River. Final projects and assignments will be shared and submitted. Local monitoring projects, community resources and networking ideas will be reviewed and discussed. Optional follow up ideas on conferences and professional development groups and opportunities on "marinating your curriculum"will be shared.

ASSIGNMENTS AND FINAL PROJECTS: All participants will be given materials, directions, and help, to build and test their own WaterTest Kits. Participants will enter data on their own GLOBE web site and generate maps and graphs with GLOBE and MassGIS software for reports and final presentations. Reading materials and sample lesson plans will also be examined. 5th Grade, 8th Grade, and 10th Grade Science MCAS Questions will be analyzed and will provide the groundwork for completing a curriculum research project that will prove useful to you in the classroom.

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This page last updated April 12, 2003.

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