Middle Level Teachers



Middle Level Teachers

Are you interested in connecting with a new transdisciplinary research program? A team of researchers statewide is investigating adaptation to climate change in the Lake Champlain Basin and integrating the interactions of climate, environment, and society.

Research can be a powerful way for teachers to enhance science content and pedagogy. The goal of the VT EPSCoR CWDD middle level outreach program is to expose middle level teachers and students to scientific research. We can provide a connection to active research in a variety of ways:

    1. CONNECT TEACHERS WITH RESEARCH
    The Research on Adaptation to Climate Change program has a large and broad network of researchers available to mentor teachers interested in increasing their content knowledge through research. We work with social scientists, lake ecologists, watershed hydrologists, community ecologists, biogeochemists, geographers, and climatologists, to name just a few. Browse the RACC People page to see each research faculty's area of expertise.
    2. RESEARCH TRIPS ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN
    Visit the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) buoy in Missisquoi Bay to learn about research on algal blooms, water quality issues, and lake hydrodynamics conducted by RACC researchers! Experiencing research can spark new ideas for project-based learning activities and curriculum connections, and/or simply reinvigorate teachers by getting them out into the field. Full-day boat trips are scheduled for Wednesdays throughout the summer – trips are dependent on the wind. Contact the CWDD for more information and to schedule a trip on Lake Champlain.
      When: Schedule varies (dependent on weather conditions), 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
      Where: Missisquoi Bay, Lake Champlain (meet by waterfront in Burlington or at the boat launch in Swanton, VT)
      Cost: Free (bring your own lunch), mileage reimbursement optional
    3. MACROINVERTEBRATE WORKSHOPS
    Join us for a day of learning about macroinvertebrate communities in Vermont streams. Involving students in sampling and identifying macroinvertebrate communities is a terrific place-based, hands-on approach to teaching standards addressing earth systems, ecology, human activities and impacts on natural resources, biodiversity, and environmental change. Workshop participants will create a page for their own stream site on the Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project WikiEducator page, which because of the Wiki nature of the site, can be adjusted by the educator in the future as needed.
      When: July 14, 2015 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
      Where: Saint Michael's College in Colchester, VT(Cheray Science Hall)
      Cost: Free (lunch included), mileage reimbursement optional
      Kits: Kits of materials may be borrowed for free by teachers
      Macroinvertebrate Workshop Flyer
    4. OUTREACH MODULES/CLASSROOM VISITS
    We have a variety of outreach modules we can offer to your classroom that will expose students to current scientific research in Vermont, and connect middle level teachers to mentors in the university research community. This exposure helps to increase science literacy and provide student insight into possible careers in science. Click here for a few of our ideas, or let us know your ideas for classroom visits that would connect with your units!

We strongly encourage individuals with disabilities and individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups to join us.

Contact us to become part of a research community that engages and challenges youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and social science fields. We want to match you with the research opportunity that best meets your interests. Please let us know more about you and what type of research you would like to participate in. We will use this information to connect you with a RACC researcher that complements your research interests!

Contact Information:
VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park Box 137
Colchester, VT 05439
802.654.3270
cwdd@smcvt.edu