The University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute’s Scientist in Every Florida School program is pleased to announce its third annual summer professional development workshop titled “Hydrosphere.” The virtual workshop will take place via Zoom from July 5-9, 2021.

During the workshop, teachers will work with scientists from laboratories across the state to develop lesson plans based on current research. Participating scientists will also be expected to complete at least one classroom visit during the upcoming school year.

It’s a win-win, says TESI director Bruce MacFadden.

“Teachers will not only be able to actually do the science and build connections with the scientists, but they will also be able to develop practical and relatable lesson plans that fit into their curriculum and meet state learning standards,” MacFadden said.

The cost to participate in the workshop is free, and teachers will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion.


Interested in participating? Visit the following link to learn more and apply: Summer PD teacher application


We are currently seeking scientists and labs to serve as science mentors during the workshop. Interested scientists, lab members and graduate students will be expected to give teachers authentic experiences using Zoom videoconferencing technology. Throughout the week, scientists will co-design lesson plans and outreach activities to be used in the classroom next school year. The time commitment for each mentor is approximately 10-12 hours for the week. 

To confirm your interest, please fill out the following form by May 15, 2021: Scientist/Lab Mentor application. Selected labs will be notified by May 20, 2021.


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