Teachers participating in a MARE workshop.

Educator Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Explore research as it occurs off the Southern California coast with the
California Current Ecosystem LTER site!

Join educators, Birch Aquarium staff, and scientists as you participate in hands-on activities to learn strategies in implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, including the analysis of authentic data, in your classroom.  We will visit the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and may talk with scientists during their research expedition in a ship-to-shore communication (technology willing). The professional development workshop will include background content exploration on ocean circulation as well as the biological impacts on the California Current ecosystem. Teachers who successfully complete the workshop will receive a $150 stipend.

Who is eligible to attend?

Middle school (grades 6-8) classroom teachers from San Diego County

When is the workshop?

April 23rd, 2016. The workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. with light breakfast during check-in. The first session will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.. The workshop will conclude at 4:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided.

Where will the workshop take place?

The workshop will take place at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Parking permits for use at Birch Aquarium during the workshop will be provided. We will be visiting Scripps Institution of Oceanography during the afternoon so we encourage everyone to wear comfortable clothes and be prepared for some outdoor walking.  


Please contact Cari Paulenich at cpaulenich@ucsd.edu or 858-822-1810.

Space is limited!

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Funding for this workshop is provided by the California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research site, a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported project.    

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Aquarium is proud to promote NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, which encourages educators and students to become personally involved in its voyages and discoveries. These workshops focus on the first volume of the Education Materials Collection Why Do We Explore? (reasons for ocean exploration) and How Do We Explore? (methods and associated technologies). Participants receive many curricula and classroom resources.

Workshop: Why Do We Explore?
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration is free

Participants who attended part one of this workshop in February 2016 and attend Part Two in fall 2016 will be eligible for a $100 stipend.

To learn more about the NOAA workshops and resources visit their website.

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Discover MARE: Marine Activities, Resources, and Education

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the premier Southern California MARE center, providing teachers and schools with science education programs, professional development opportunities, and whole-school Ocean Immersion planning. Developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, MARE is used in more than 800 elementary and middle schools throughout the United States, Mexico, and Japan, providing challenging professional development base on the most current scientific and educational research. MARE instructors can provide whole-school orientations, help organize an Ocean Week, coach teachers in marine science content, and/or teach day-long single-session habitat workshops that are theme and grade specific. If you would like to introduce MARE to your school, please call the Birch Aquarium Programs Coordinator at 858-822-5331.



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This project has been made possible with support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.