Summer Training Opportunities

Below is a list of summer trainings available to Georgia BioEd teachers. We will be updating this list with details as they become available. If you are interested, please register ASAP, as most will fill quickly.

Teacher Conservation Workshop

Location: Mansfield, GA Dates: June 15 – June 20

Application Date: May 8th, but this is first come, first-served and fills up fast

Cost: $50, plus opportunity to earn a stipend of $100 for one lesson implementation Grade-level Target: all teachers

Overview: The Teacher Conservation Workshop (TCW) is a week-long professional development event that uses the forest as a window to environmental education. Activities are led by foresters, biologists, educators, and industry professionals. This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on the environmental, economic, and social benefits of Georgia’s forestry and wildlife communities. Sessions take place offsite and mostly outdoors in the forest and manufacturing facilities within a 2-hour radius of Charlie Elliott. Sessions demonstrate the cycle of growing trees and managing for wildlife, water and recreation. The TCW emphasizes the importance of conservation of natural resources, with special attention given to Georgia’s wildlife, forests, forest products and water. Participants will learn hands-on practical exercises that can supplement their classroom curricula and student projects. Certification in Projects Learning Tree, WET, and WILD is awarded at the completion of the workshop.

GIFT with CMaT – Paid Summer Internship

Location: UGA or Georgia Tech

Dates: You schedule with the researcher for a 4-7 week period

Application Date: currently accepting applications; application process is lengthy, so begin early

Cost: Free. You are paid $700/week

Grade-level Target: 9-12 teachers

Overview: Founded in 1991 as a program of the Georgia Institute of Technology's CEISMC, GIFT provides paid summer STEM internships in industry workplaces and university laboratories for K-12 science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Teachers spend 4 to 7 weeks experiencing first hand how industrial scientists and researchers approach problems, design experiments, interpret data, communicate findings, and develop and implement workplace solutions. GIFT offers teachers "real world" applications of the subjects they teach, allowing them to increase content knowledge and gain practical examples of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications for enriched instruction and teaching practices based on evidence-based experiences. Since its founding, GIFT has placed teachers in more than 2000 positions statewide.

Nanoscience Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

Website: n/a Contact Leslie O’Neill for more information. Leslie.oneill@ien.gatech.edu

Location: Georgia Tech

Dates: June 1-4

Application Date: April 15

Cost: Free. You will receive a $600 stipend for attending, plus $100 worth of classroom supplies

Grade-level Target: 6-8 teachers

Overview: The goal of this workshop is to equip Georgia teachers with the knowledge and resources to integrate standards-based nanotechnology lessons into the classroom.

Trainings with Details Coming Soon

Green Power EMC Energy Education Program

Contact gmarshal@westga.edu or jcox@westga.edu for more information.

Dates: TBA

Cost: TBA

Overview: Georgia’s EMCs, together with Green Power EMC, developed the Energy Education Program in 2005. Now the largest solar education program in Georgia, it provides participating schools with access to data from solar installations across the state and curriculum to study solar energy. Along with the latest equipment, Green Power EMC and its partners developed curriculum to complement and reinforce the school curriculum standards for science and math. In addition, schools seeking to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs will benefit from the learning laboratory included with the program. The curriculum was developed by the University of West Georgia, in partnership with Green Power EMC.

Grade-level Target: This off-the-shelf program provides lessons appropriate for middle school students, high school students and some that can be used at either level. The curriculum is divided into a series of lesson plans that cover four primary areas: 1) physical science, physics and chemistry; 2) math; 3) biology and environmental science; and 4) earth science.

Biotech 101 & Biotech 102

Location: North Paulding HS

Dates: June 1-5

Cost: Free, likely a stipend for attending and equipment to go home with.

Grade-level Target: 9-12 teachers

Biotech & iGEM Bootcamp

Location: Lambert HS

Dates: July 21-24

Cost: $600 - $800; working on scholarship opportunities

Grade-level Target: 9-12 teachers

Epidemiology & Mystery Diseases

Location: CDC (Atlanta)

Dates: July 20-22

Cost: Free, plus materials to bring back

Grade-level Target: 6-8 teachers, and can be applicable to HS biology

Benefits of Attending the Training

Labs and Activities

You will take away new laboratory experiments and activities to perform with your classes. These lessons will be focused on providing skills that align with industry needs for the track. Many labs may overlap between tracks, and you will have access to all lesson plans to find the most meaningful way to engage your students.

Connect with Industry

Day 1 of the symposium highlights Georgia life science industry and will feature an Industry Fair, similar to a career expo. You will visit tables with representatives from companies across Georgia to learn about careers at the companies and how you can help prepare students for their workforce.

Cohort Support

You will be placed into cohorts grouped according to the four tracks. Each cohort will have a Master Teacher, who will deliver instruction for the laboratory experiments and activities. You will stay in contact with your cohort and your Master Teacher after the training to discuss how implementation is going and to get help when needed.

Materials and Stipend!

The Georgia BioEd Equipment Depot will provide you with materials to take back and perform the new labs in your classroom. Larger equipment will be available on loan from the Depot.

You will also receive a stipend totaling $500 at the end of the post-training evaluation period. This is for implementation of labs and giving feedback to Georgia BioEd about the training.

Spread the word!

The training is open to 7th-12th grade educators in rural schools who want to prepare their students for careers in Georgia's thriving life science industry. Download a shareable PDF flyer to the right!

Click here to register for the training. For more information, contact Program Director, Kristin Boscan at kboscan@gabio.org