CURes Urban Ecology Teacher Summer Institute

Thursday, July 31 at 8:30am to 3:00pm

2014 Teacher Summer Institute

The LMU Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) is hosting its fourth annual four-day urban ecology professional institute on the campus of LMU.

Designed to create synergistic research and teaching opportunities, the institute will introduce teachers and informal science providers to urban ecology curriculum and inquiry based research activities designed for 4th-12th grade students.  Projects will include urban gardens and hydroponics, insect and bird biodiversity, public health/water quality, environmental justice and urban planning.

The interactive nature of science and policy as it is woven into the urban fabric will be stressed. This approach treats the city as a distinct ecosystem and views the challenges of managing an urban landscape as emerging properties of the organic system. By connecting theory with local applications, teachers will gain practical knowledge about urban ecology and the tools of environmental assessment. 

The daily schedule will include morning lecture sessions, followed by hands-on field investigations with equipment provided by the CURes. Participants will experience hands-on activities for the classroom, discuss how to implement Urban EcoLab lessons into curriculum, and learn how lessons complement Next Generation Science Standards. The Urban EcoLab curriculum, developed with support from the National Science Foundation, is divided into eight modules. It has been piloted across the nation and continues to be revised, updated and expanded. Complete digital access to 130 lessons and accompanying informational texts, including teacher preparation guidelines and assessments will be provided to registered participants.

There will be two tracks of programming: one for new participants and one for returning teachers.

Daily topics and breakout sessions will include NGSS Practices and Common Core connections to Urban EcoLab Curriculum (urbanecolabcurriculum.com).

Teacher Stipend: $300/week

Register here: p.amarillas@lmu.edu

Contact: Tricia Amarillas
Director of Education at CURes
310-338-5104

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