YESS – Teacher Training in Marin (Bay Model)

Background

The YESS Project team (Marin County Community Development Agency, Coravai, San Mateo County, and USC Sea Grant) is developing a new sea level rise curriculum for high school students.  We’re looking for a few Bay Area science teachers to partner with us and pilot the project in their classrooms during the 2015 – 2016 school year.  This is a great opportunity for you to educate, engage, and empower your students to be part of climate change solutions in their own communities!

Project Components

The YESS Project is flexible and can be scaled to fit you and your students’ needs and interests. Engagement ranges from a single 90-minute lesson plan with homework and extension options, to a multi-subject arc that could occur periodically throughout the 2015 – 2016 school year.  The major components of the project are:

  • Classroom curricula:  Activity plans that use engaging CC/NGSS strategies to get students using science and engineering practices (SEPs) to perform real-life climate science even as they become authentic participants in community planning.
  • Extensions and local field trips:  Students will be able to collect real-world data for sea level rise planning, independently or as part of a planned field trip (funding is available for field trips).
  • Service learning, internships, and portfolio-building:  Students will have opportunities to contribute in meaningful ways to Bay Area local government planning and policy; to create digital storytelling products, and to share their work in public venues.  Short-term internships and youth leadership opportunities are also available.

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Marin county bus floating into Manzinita buss stop.

Timeline

  • Oct – Nov 2015:  Teacher training, gather feedback on curricula, finalize classroom and extension / community activities
  • Nov 2015 – Feb 2016:  Pilot curriculum, collect data, develop digital storytelling products
  • Mar – May 2016:  Exhibit students’ work at community meetings and public venues, evaluate project

Next Steps

We will hold a short training on the curriculum and connection to local government planning onOctober 24th at the Bay Model in Sausalito.  Participating teachers will receive a stipend, support for your school’s transition to NGSS, a nice meal, and fun face time with other leaders in science education.  If you’re interested in hearing more, please contact Marina Project, Project Director, at marina@coravai.com or 415.839.8571.

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