$1250 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop

Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest

Dates: July 1-11, 2020

 The Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest provides powerful professional development designed to transform student learning. Immersed in the Peruvian Amazon, teachers learn about this key global ecosystem while building their ability to engage students in scientific research, engineering design, cross-cultural connections, and stewardship projects. Field workshops support NGSS 3D learning, STEM, 5E and more.

 With specialized tracks for elementary, middle school, and HS/AP educators, participants will: 

  •  Work side-by-side with scientists and researchers on citizen science projects and field studies on the ACTS Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the world’s most biologically diverse environments.

  • Explore conservation and sustainability via hands-on workshops with indigenous communities.

  • Spend a day in an Amazon village and explore the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.

  • Work in grade-level cohorts to develop strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating standards-based inquiry, STEM, and sustainability education into the classroom.

 Academy Fee of $2695 includes pre-departure prep, resource kit, & in-country land costs (air is not included).

$1250 scholarship deadline is February 1, 2020.  Space is limited to 30 educators.  Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at: www.morphoinstitute.org/educator-academy 

 Questions? Contact: Christa Dillabaugh, Morpho Institute Director

Email:  info@morphoinstitute.org

Phone:  (913) 214-6126

Champions for Biotechnology Teacher Award

In celebration of Henri A. Termeer’s commitment to scientific discovery and mentorship of aspiring and accomplished scientists, the MassBioEd Henri A. Termeer Biotechnology and Life Science Educator Grant recognizes dedicated life science teachers from Massachusetts schools who mentor their students in answering and more importantly, asking rich questions in the spirit of scientific excellence.  

With the intent to celebrate educators who launch and expand inquiry-based biotechnology and life science curricula in their high-school classrooms, the Termeer Educator Grant will provide a teacher with the opportunity to enrich their own learning and educational craft with a grant to be used toward professional development or continuing education in life science-related fields and equipment or reagents needed for innovative life science curricula.

Additionally, the awarded candidate will have the opportunity to share and present the impacts of their enrichment to the MassBioEd Selection Committee upon completion of the grant-funded work. 

You may nominate yourself or a colleague by submitting a 500-word essay that describes the nominee’s success in transforming life science learning through a culture of discovery and the incorporation of authentic science activities.  Share any details regarding student impact and how the nominee hopes to further innovate and enrich life sciences curriculum.

Closing date for all nominations and applications is October 22, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than November 12, 2019. The winning applicant will be honored at the Champions for Biotechnology Education awards reception on the evening of Wednesday, November 20 from 5:30-8PM at the UMass Club on One Beacon Street in Boston.

Participants in MassBioEd’s BioTeach Program will receive preference but all educators meeting the criteria outlined above are encouraged to apply.

To register, click here: https://www.massbioed.org/events/360-champions-for-biotechnology-teacher-award