Hawai‘i Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers
Funded through the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program and Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center’s 2016–2018 Hawai‘i Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers (HI-MEET) program trains and supports teachers to conduct relevant field research activities that are aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. After several successful years working with teachers around the island we are happy to offer this program in 2016–2018.
During the 2016-17 school year we worked with a team of master teachers to develop and field test a middle and high school field science curriculum, Huli ʻĀina Kumu Wai (Watershed Investigation) that is aligned with NGSS and Common Core standards.
2017-2018 HI-MEET Program
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.
- July 25–27, 2017: Workshop in Waimea, Hawai‘i Island, which 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.
- Data Analysis Workshop, February 3, 2018 (tentative): Workshop on data collection, analysis and reporting tools.
- HI-MEET Symposium, April 20, 2018 (tentative): Teachers and students participate in a formal scientific conference for the presentation of their research and findings for peer review and discussion. There will be a keynote, inspirational speaker, and a catered lunch.
- Two to Four Classroom Visits
- 1–2 visits: Work with teachers and science experts to present watershed, marine biology, and climate change lessons to students and to prepare them for their field research.
- 1–2 visits: Work with teachers supporting students in their research project development and data analysis.
- One to two Guided Field Trips with students and science experts for field research data collection
Travel Stipends and Housing
We have funding to support flights for six off-island teachers to attend the July 25–27 workshop and have rented a house that sleeps 20 in Waimea.
Five (5) credits are available for DOE teachers, Course #AR182295
PDE3 Portfolio Requirements
- Summary or reflection of what was learned from the face-to-face meetings
- Two student work samples and assessment/evaluation of student and teacher performance
- One Classroom Presentation Reflection
- One Field Trip Observation Reflection
- Two classroom lessons or units aligned with Next Generation Science Standards
- One student field research project report
- An overall review of the value of this experience, any challenges you encountered, and how you overcame those challenges
- A statement regarding your future goals and directions
Portfolios will require teachers to incorporate hands-on, interdisciplinary activities in their academic curriculum. Daily Reflection will include an overlay of Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM as they apply to the day’s lessons. Each participant’s learning results portfolio may contain a variety of documents but each document MUST have a caption and cover page. A caption is a statement attached to each document in the portfolio that describes: What the document is, Why it is evidence and What it is evidence of. Portfolio Submission Deadline: July 30, 2018.
If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-887-6411.
“This Program is a unique partnership that allows students to study and experience Hawaiian ecosystems from a scientific perspective. Without this partnership, I feel that many of the students would never see the amazing flora and fauna that once existed on their island. I hope that by providing this experience, students use their new knowledge to respect and protect the living things that surround them and share their experiences with others.”
–Mari Souza, science teacher, Waikoloa Middle School