This course is offered as part of Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning Courses for Massachusetts educators. Eligible Massachusetts educators are able to take this course for free with a $450 stipend. Find out if you’re eligible by visiting our OAPL page.

Whales’ Tales, Turtle Hurdles, and Migration Phenomena

A Summer Professional Development Institute for Grades 3-8 Educators

An Approved Course for MA DESE’s Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning

Spend a week this summer with the Wade Institute for Science Education and our collaborating partners Manomet, Inc., the Lloyd Center for the Environment and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Investigate the phenomena of migration of whales, sharks, turtles and birds as you explore the tools used to track migrating species. Work with real time data collected by researchers and citizen scientists, gain an understanding of the importance of both technologically collected data as well as historical data collected by whalers and fisherman and learn how your students can become involved in citizen monitoring programs. Engage in hands-on field and inquiry-based classroom investigations, explore how phenomena can provide a foundation for inquiry-based science instruction, identify culturally appropriate phenomena for classroom-based investigations, and learn how your students can become involved in place-based citizen science activities.

  • Spend time with some of nature’s most impressive superheroes: birds and monarch butterflies.
  • Investigate how scientists use both simple and complex technology to track migratory birds, butterflies, sharks and coastal organisms.
  • Learn about white shark biology.
  • Explore the coastal habitats along the edge of the Slocum River as you participate in the Lloyd Center’s Biodiversity Initiative, a citizen/student scientist project.
  • Take back to your classroom curricular resources and instructional materials to help bring migration alive in your classroom.

This course is FREE for eligible MA educators through MA DESE’s Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning Courses.

Registration Information:

Dates and Times: July 17th – 21st, 2023 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

Location: Manomet, Inc, Plymouth, MA.

FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes $450 stipend.
$450 for non-OAPL-qualifying educators.
$425/educator for non-OAPL-qualifying-educators attending in a team with one or more teachers from their school or district.

PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 40 PDPs available without graduate credit. 67.5 PDPs and 3 graduate credits from Cambridge College or Framingham State University available for $225. Additional work is required for graduate credit.

Collaborating Partners: Manomet, Inc; Lloyd Center for the Environment; Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Manomet, Inc.
Lloyd Center for the Environment
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

This Summer Professional Development Institute is currently at capacity and has switched to waiting list only. Please click the link below to add yourself to our waiting list, and someone will reach out to you if a spot becomes available.

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