Professional Development

The CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship:    Applications are open for the 2017 CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship! For teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health into middle and high school classrooms. It includes a 5-day summer course (July 10-14, 2017) at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity. Applications are due February 15, 2017. For more information, please watch our video and visit our website. We look forward to your application. Please share these materials with other teachers and educational leaders in your network who may be interested.

 SC MAPS Distance Learning Course: Once again Clemson University is planning to offer a SC MAPS Distance Learning Course for the Spring of 2017.  The class is part of the SC MAPS series of courses dealing with the geology and geography of  South Carolina.  If you have ever taken a SC MAPS (or equivalent) course with us in the past, you are eligible to select any of the ten study units and basically design your own course.  If you are not familiar with the SC MAPS materials, then you are required to sign up for the UNIT 1 – STATEWIDE OVERVIEW class before you take any of the other units.  Each unit  carries 3 GRADUATE CREDITS through Clemson University, and the course can be taken multiple times for credit, as long as a different unit is chosen each time. The ten study units available are: 1 – Statewide Overview, 2 – Blue Ridge Region, 3 – Piedmont Region, 4 – Sandhills/Midlands Region, 5 – Coastal Plain Region, 6 – Coastal Zone Region, 7 – Alteration of the Landscape, 8 – Transportation and Commerce, 9 – Environmental Issues and Conservation, and 10 – Diverse Cultures and Traditions.

 Scheduling is totally flexible and you will be able to take this class at home, school, in your free time, etc., but grades will be awarded at the end of the Clemson Semester schedules.  We have to have at least six participants in order to go ahead with the course so please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested.   Course fee is $300 plus $60 graduate application fee (applicable only if you have not been enrolled at Clemson in the past 6 years). If you are interested, you can contact by email jackieg@clemson.edu  or phone 864-656-1560.  I am in the office on Mondays but you can also call my cell 864-903-2743.   I will be glad to send more information and a registration form.

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning:  A new collaboration between the New Jersey for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Colorado State University – Global Campus provides South Carolina science teachers with the opportunity to advance STEM teaching skills; learn effective new strategies for teaching physics; and earn graduate credit with new online courses.  CTL is a nonprofit run by teachers to advance student achievement in math and science, and provide a simple, scalable solution to our country’s immense STEM teacher shortage.  CTL is the leading U.S. provider of free, editable course materials for K-12 math and science instruction; and has become the #1 producer of physics teachers in the country.   All courses can be pursued on your own schedule, provide graduate credit and are applicable to a Master’s Degree at CSU–Global. Find out more here: https://njctl.org/teacher-education/online-courses/

Frontiers Online Professional Development Fellowship: The American Physiological Society’s Frontiers Online Professional Development Fellowship is a dynamic interactive virtual learning community that focuses on exploring effective teaching strategies, understanding the research process, and enhancing classroom resources.  Fellows receive stipends for completion of their online work in the 10-month program and graduate credit is available. Learn more at www.frontiersinphys.org, click on the Online Fellows link.


Classroom & Field Experience Opportunities

         2017 Duke Energy Invention ConventionComing March 6th and 7th. Early sign ups will end on Thursday, January 26th and regular sign ups will end on Friday, February 24th. There are awesome prizes for teachers that register their students early (including a beach trip and gift cards!) so get those student submissions in early. If you have any questions please call 864-271-5141 or email laurenmahon@iheartmedia.com.  All information regarding the 2017 Duke Energy Invention Convention can be found at http://www.icupstate.com

NCSE Scientists in the Classroom:  Scientists in the Classroom is a great opportunity to connect students with real-life early career scientists, as well as for teachers to have an expert on board when teaching evolution and climate change! With this program, teachers and scientists collaborate as colleagues, peers, and partners in the scientific enterprise to further science education.  So how exactly does it work? First off, teachers apply for the program here. Then, we’ll work to find a scientist in the area who matches the interests and needs of the class. Once a match is made, we’ll connect the teachers with a local scientist and provide guidance throughout the semester-long program to plan and carry out two in-class visits. For more information on Scientists in the Classroom, visit NCSEteach.com, or email Kate Heffernan, the Scientists in the Classroom intern at Heffernan@ncse.com.

Trout In The Classroom: Raise trout from eggs to fingerlings during the school year! Current program openings in Oconee, Pickens, Lexington and Richland Counties. For more information, Click here

Enviroscape Demonstration and Loaner Program: The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium has an Enviroscape Coastal Model available for educators to use with their students to teach about watersheds, water quality, and coastal environments – for FREE! You can request to check it out to use on your own, or you can request one of the staff to come and conduct a program with your students. Click here to learn more.

EdVenture: Team EdVenture is geared up and ready to help teachers inspire imagination, discovery and learning in and out of their classrooms! There are many field studies and in-school programs for grades PreK-5, as well as 6th-8th grades, that are designed to complement teachers’ classroom instruction. Please check out this year’s program offerings by visiting us today at: http://www.edventure.org/field-study-programs.aspx



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