July 25–27, 2017—We are currently recruiting intermediate and high school teachers for the 2017-18 school year professional development program. The year-long program starts with a 3-day hands-on workshop that will introduce teachers to the Huli ʻĀina Kumu Wai field science curriculum. The workshop will include instruction on Hawaiian cultural protocol, kilo observation skills, field sampling techniques, watershed education, and 14 lessons to share with middle and high school students.
To apply, complete the online application form. The application deadline is Friday, June 30, 2017. You will be notified by July 7, 2017. Upon acceptance into the program, all participants will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining program requirements and responsibilities.
The three-day opening workshop includes
- The Kohala Center’s Huli ‘Āina Kumu Wai curriculum of field science lessons aligned with NGSS and Common Core;
- five (5) PDE3 credits (Course #AR182295);
- field experience to model observation skills, environmental data collection, cultural protocols, and field trip behavior management techniques;
- instruction in using field-sampling equipment and practice implementing lessons in the field (schoolyard, forest, and coastal lessons);
- planning time to incorporate curriculum into your lesson plans and practice using NGSS planning tools;
- introductions to natural resource partners in your region;
- watershed and ahupua‘a maps;
- $200 to purchase field science supplies such as transect tapes, quadrats, ID sheets, magnifiers, and more; and
- ongoing support throughout the 2017–2018 school year to support field science work with students, including transportation, logistics, and classroom presentations.