Are you a middle or high school teacher in Alachua County, Florida? Join us for an exciting paid professional development program and receive classroom resources to teach concepts of macroevolution, adaptations, and climate change through museum collections.
Consider applying for the Scientist in Every Florida School Professional Development Program: Chewing on Change-Using Fossil Horses to Teach About Macroevolution. This unique program will provide enriching and accessible classroom resources and lessons to highlight key Florida learning standards about evolution, adaptations, and climate change. The program kicks off with a two-day workshop at the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville. During the workshop, selected participants will hear from science experts at UF, be provided with the Chewing on Change lesson plans and classroom resources, and connect with a scientist mentor who will help co-teach the lessons in the classroom later that fall.
Space is limited to 8 Alachua teachers or UF student teachers, with preference given to those who teach at schools that receive Title I funds.
Workshop Dates & Location:
The two-day workshop will take place October 22-23, 2022 on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. A detailed agenda will be provided to selected participants. Additional virtual meetings, as well as scientist visits to classrooms, will also be scheduled throughout the school year.
Participants will leave the program with:
- Authentic research-related content on horse evolution and exposure to museum collections
- Access to a teacher-scientist network related to the project for continued scientific support
- A chance to collaborate with peers and scientists to co-teach lessons in the classroom
- A chance to expose students to scientist role models and careers in science
- Chance to have a scientist visit your classroom
- A $500 stipend for successful completion of the program
- Content presentations
- Lesson activities and classroom lesson kits
- Teacher-teacher and teacher-scientist collaboration
- Museum Collections and Florida Fossil Hall tours
To receive the $500 stipend, participants must:
- Attend entire two-day workshop in October.
- Successfully complete the Chewing on Change lesson/scientist visit in the classroom during the 2022-2023 school year.
- Complete regular Zoom check-ins with the project team after the workshop has concluded.
- Following standard policies and procedures, participate in and complete any evaluations, assessments, and surveys required as part of the program.
- Must be a current middle or high school teacher within Alachua County, Florida, with a preference given to teachers who teach at schools that receive Title I funds OR within the University of Florida teaching program as a student teacher.
- For Current Teachers: Must plan to continue teaching at a public school for the 2022-2023 school year.
- Must be able to attend the entirety of the workshop in person.
- Must be enthusiastic to learn!
Please apply online by visiting the following link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d5R3YPUz37q9HjE
*If you would like to first preview all questions, visit the following link to view a PDF version of the application: PDF Application
- Dr. Bruce MacFadden, University of Florida
- Dr. Julie Bokor, Alachua County Schools
- Dr. Jeanette Pirlo, Stanaislaus University
- Stephanie Killingsworth, Scientist in Every Florida School
- Brian Abramowitz, Scientist in Every Florida School