Are you a middle school science teacher seeking to improve your teaching practices?
Looking to make plant processes and genetics more understandable for your students?
If so, consider taking part in the Plant Science Institute for Middle Grades Science Teachers (Plant Science Institute). Plant Science Institute participants will learn instructional strategies and activities that make hard to teach plant processes such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration understandable for students. Participants will also learn about cutting edge research related to a significant plant disease, Citrus Greening, which has been identified as one of the most prominent agricultural problems in the United States. Although not a complete list, Plant Science Institute experiences will include:
- Obtaining DNA samples to identify trees that are infected by the Citrus Greening bacterial pathogen,
- Demonstrating gas production by plants,
- Revealing glucose/starch production and use,
- Learning about historical plant studies that make key plant processes more understandable.
Taking part in this initiative offers positive benefits that include:
- Up to $1,500.00 in stipends payments to participants ($125 per day for each Plant Sciences Institute session).
- Support for instruction during the academic year. Potential forms of support include Presentations by Scientists (topics such as Citrus Greening disease, Careers in Plant Science, etc.) and Instructional Support (assistance during planning or implementation of instruction related to plant processes).
- Access to many of the materials needed to conduct activities learned during the Plant Sciences Institute with your middle school students.
- Opportunities (limited) for local teachers to bring students to USC to conduct plant disease identification activities (DNA testing).
- Learning about cutting edge plant research, and connecting with researchers conducting this work.
We will recruit participants using an application and site visit process. Priority will be given to teachers that meet the following criteria:
- Actively teaching science at the 6th or 7th grade level.
- Commitment to complete all project-related activities/requirements (letter of agreement signed by teacher and principal). Project-related requirements include:
- Attendance at all summer sessions (June 19-23, 2017 and June 18-22, 2018) as well as two Saturday events during the 2017-2018 school year (October 21, 2017 and February 3, 2018). Each session date is a full day experience.
- Commitment to implement project-related activities within classroom instruction.
- Completion of all pre- and post-assessments (survey, content assessment, and teaching observation/video).
- Working in a school with other active Plant Sciences Institute participants.
The number of participants is limited. Only applicants who meet project requirements, complete the Plant Science Institute application, and submit the signed Letter of Commitment will be considered for participation. Participants will be notified of their acceptance.
Plant Science Institute is a collaboration of the Richland One School District, the University of South Carolina (Colleges of Education & Arts and Sciences), and several community-based organizations.
Complete the Plant Science Institute application, available at the following link, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JZNGWW2.
Submit the required Plant Science Institute Letter of Commitment and submit it to Paul Chaplin at email@example.com. To access the required letter of commitment needed to complete the application process click here.
For more information:
Contact Dr. Stephen Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-777-6820.