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Environmental Science for Elementary School Teachers (ESEST)

YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARKS
Session I: July 12 to July 24, 2009
Session II: July 26 to August 7, 2009
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Course Description

Stream InsectsThis Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program, funded by the Ohio Board of Regents, will provide tuition, room, board and five semester-hours of Miami University graduate credit that can be used toward Highly Qualified Teacher Status or Individual Professional Development Plan for 77 Ohio elementary school teachers and up to eight elementary school administrators. Participants study in and near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks while in residence at Miami University's Geology Field Station and at 4-H Camp Ohio. These graduate credits and instructional services are worth approximately $2,000.

The purpose of this program is to train elementary school teachers to use Environmental Science across the curriculum to attain Ohio academic content standards and achievement test outcomes. We will give preference to 3rd-6th grade teachers in schools with a large percentage of educationally disadvantaged students.

Scientific content will emphasize: energy in the environment, biological cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and water, management of land and water, creation of rocks and landscapes, geologic time and fossils, and the diversity and adaptations of plants and animals. Each class is taught by a team composed of a professional geologist, a professional zoologist, a master botanist, and five master teachers who are actively teaching in Ohio school districts and who have completed similar courses in previous years. Most years, teachers selected for this program are required to attend an Environmental Science Follow-Up Workshop at 4-H Camp Ohio near Utica, Ohio.

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Facilities

BunkhouseThe buildings are of log construction and include bunkhouses, washhouse with showers, modern toilet facilities, and a main lodge. The main building has a large, comfortably furnished living room with a fireplace, kitchen, and dining room. The dining room doubles as a study hall and lecture room in the evenings. The facilities are western rustic, more on the primitive side than a typical dude ranch. There are no private rooms. Married couples taking the course together will be accommodated separately in the mens' and womens' cabins.

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Study Areas

Glacier FunThe Miami University Geology Field Station, located on the northeast flank of the Wind River Mountains, is in western Wyoming near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. 4-H Camp Ohio is in central Ohio, along the Rocky Fork, in the beautiful rolling hills of northern Licking County. The geology and climate in both areas have combined to produce a wide variety of plant and animal habitats suitable for teaching environmental science.

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Eligibility

ESET ParticipantsAll Ohio elementary school teachers (grades K-8), particularly those with large numbers of educationally disadvantaged students, are encouraged to apply. At least 77 teachers will be selected from Ohio inner city and rural school districts. Up to 8 Ohio elementary school administrators will be selected. Participants will pay approximately $750 for transportation to the field station, $145 course materials fee and approximately $100 in meals while off-station. Qualified candidates will be selected as soon as possible after completed applications are received. It is to your advantage to apply early!

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Location and Transportation to the Field Station

Timberline Ranch The Field Station is at Timberline Ranch, 71 miles southeast of the entrances to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The closest town is Dubois, Wyoming, 15 miles to the southeast on U.S. Route 287. Public transportation by air is available to Jackson, Wyoming. Miami University vans will pick up participants arriving in Jackson on the Saturday before classes begin at the rate of $15 per person and will provide return transportation on the Saturday after classes end at the same rate. There is no public transportation from Jackson to Dubois or to the field station. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to 4-H Camp Ohio near Utica, Ohio.

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Daily Schedules

Click here for the Wyoming schedule.

Click here for the Follow-Up schedule.

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Staff

Robert McWilliams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geology, Miami University

Richard Lee, Distinguished Professor, Department of Zoology, Miami University

Edward Soldo, Retired High School Biology Teacher, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, Ohio

Edward Thomas, Fourth Grade Teacher, Blacklick Elementary, Gahanna, Ohio

Pat Betteley, Sixth Grade Teacher, Perry Schools, Perry, OH

Robert Flinn, Retired Sixth Grade Science Teacher, Lakeside Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio

Steven Hall, Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher, East Liverpool Middle School, Ohio

Natalie Harr, First Grade Teacher, Crestwood Primary School, Mantua, Ohio

James Mason, Advanced Placement and Honors Social Studies Teacher, Glen Este High School, Ohio

Charlotte Pliske, Sixth Grade Teacher, Giddings K-8, Cleveland, OH

Marilyn Parkes, Curriculum and Instruction Consultant, CCESC, East Liverpool, Ohio

Dennis Temple, Sixth Grade Language Arts Teacher, Warner Middle School, Xenia Ohio

Trena Stewart Fifth Grade Teacher, Bloom-Vernon Elementary School, South Webster, Ohio

Miami University: Equal opportunity in education and employment.

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TO APPLY

Click here to download a PDF application form. You will need Adobe Reader to access the form. Please click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader. You can use your computer to complete and print the form.

Alternatively, you may request an application from Cathy Edwards by mail (Geology Field Station, Department of Geology, Miami University, Oxford, OHIO 45056-1643 or by e-mail (edwardca@muohio.edu). No phone calls, please.

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Master of Arts in Teaching in the Biological Sciences

We are offering five courses within the MAT in the Biological Sciences program at Miami University:

For information about other courses and scholarship opportunities, please visit the MAT website.

 

Biodiversity

THREE-CREDIT WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER, 2009

Instructors: E. G. Soldo and R. E. Lee, Department of Zoology
Time: June 8-June 30; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 117, Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford

This course is designed to provide an introduction to biological diversity and function for elementary or middle school teachers with a limited background in the biological sciences. Lectures will focus on macroevolution and the classification of microorganisms, plants and animals and their life cycles. Topics in this course will include geologic time and macroevolution; use of field guides and classification keys; observation of cells with microscopes; culture of bacteria, algae and protozoa; and life cycles of plants and animals; as well as identification and natural history of local flora and fauna. Local field trips and laboratories will use, as much as possible, activities and techniques that can also be used in the classroom.

Biodiversity (ZOO 608; formerly Biological Diversity and Function) is offered for three-semester hours of graduate credit at Miami University or credit may be transferred to another university or college.

To register for this course, please download and complete the Summer Workshop Registration Form. (You will need Adobe Reader to access the form. Please click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.) This course is expected to fill rapidly, so register early to ensure a place in the class.

Genetics, Evolution, Ecology

THREE-CREDIT WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER, 2009

Instructors: W. Burt and R. E. Lee, Department of Zoology
Time: June 10-June 19; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Room 217, Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford

This course provides a basic introduction of several core concepts in genetics, evolution, and ecology for elementary and middle school teachers with limited background in, but aiming to enhance their understanding of, biology.  Lectures and laboratories focus on heredity, natural selection, biodiversity and its value, and ecosystem structure and function.  Laboratories and field trips will supplement the lectures, help reinforce concepts, and illustrate applications of these concepts.  The laboratory component is designed to facilitate the transfer of exercises into the elementary and middle school classroom.  Students will develop a lesson plan in one of the three subject areas of the course for their classroom.

Zoology 697 Genetics, Evolution, Ecology is offered for three-semester hours of graduate credit at Miami University or credit may be transferred to another university or college.

To register for this course, please download and complete the Summer Workshop Registration Form. (You will need Adobe Reader to access the form. Please click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.) This course is expected to fill rapidly, so register early to ensure a place in the class.

 

Using Animals in the Classroom

TWO-CREDIT WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER, 2009

Instructors: G. Schulte, Cincinnati Zoo Academy and R. E. Lee, Department of Zoology
Time: June 10-June 26; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Room 103, Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford

Surrounding students with living animals in the classroom never fails to stimulate and actively engage them in learning. Many animals are well suited for easy and inexpensive culture in the classroom. Furthermore, these animals can be used to demonstrate a wide variety of biological concepts. Most teachers, however, don't have the time or background to develop these resources to their fullest extent.

This hands-on workshop will provide detailed instruction on how to maintain a variety of animals including protozoans, insects and other invertebrates, and cold-blooded vertebrates. Special emphasis will be placed on using these animals in activities that illustrate diverse physiological, behavioral and ecological principles. Activities will include observation of internal and external parasites, how to set-up and maintain an aquarium, effect of temperature on growth and respiration, and temperature logging from field microhabitats. Each participant will receive reference materials, several live cultures, culture containers and an aquarium for their classroom.

Using Animals in the Classroom (ZOO 698.H) is offered for two-semester hours of graduate credit at Miami University or credit may be transferred to another university or college.

To register for this course, please download and complete the Summer Workshop Registration Form. (You will need Adobe Reader to access the form. Please click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.) This course is expected to fill rapidly, so register early to ensure a place in the class.

Plants, Protists, and Fungi in the Classroom

TWO-CREDIT WORKSHOP FOR SUMMER, 2009

Instructors: R. E. Lee, Department of Zoology
Time: June 22-July 2; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Room 103, Pearson Hall, Miami University, Oxford

This hands-on workshop for teachers will provide detailed instruction on how to maintain a variety of plants, protists, and fungi. Special emphasis will be placed on using these organisms in activities that illustrate diverse physiological, behavioral, and ecological principles.

 

           Botany 699.A Plants, Protists and Fungi is offered for two-semester hours of graduate credit at Miami University or credit may be transferred to another university or college.

To register for this course, please download and complete the Summer Workshop Registration Form. (You will need Adobe Reader to access the form. Please click here to download your free copy of Adobe Reader.) This course is expected to fill rapidly, so register early to ensure a place in the class.