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FLI Grant Supports Teacher Workshops

The Rochester Area Colleges-Center for Excellence in Math and Science (RACCEM) has awarded the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) $14,500 to provide professional development programming to teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math education. This is the second year in a row the Colleges were selected to receive a grant toward professional development programs for area teachers. In 2008, HWS Associate Professor of Education Jim Makinster received a grant to conduct technology training for teachers.

Thanks to the RACCEM grant, the FLI will offer teachers a workshop on the ecology of Finger Lakes watersheds. Working in collaboration with Meghan Brown, assistant professor of biology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Bruce Gilman, professor in the department of environmental conservation at the Finger Lakes Community College, the FLI will host 20 middle and high school teachers from school districts in the Finger Lakes region (including the City of Rochester School District) from Aug. 3 through 5. 

During the workshop, teachers will be introduced to lessons on forest, wetland and aquatic ecology and will also visit a number of field sites including: a canoe trip on Canadice Lake; a trip on Seneca Lake onboard The William Scandling research vessel; and a hike on Rob’s Trail in the Hemlock-Canadice watershed.  As part of the program, teachers will receive a stipend and will commit to implementing a lesson plan about the Finger Lakes environment for their students during the 2009-2010 academic year.  Sheila Myers, education outreach coordinator at the FLI will be coordinating the program and providing follow-up networking opportunities for the teachers who participate over the course of the project to encourage a peer-to-peer professional learning community.

Additionally, participants will be encouraged to share information with colleagues in their own district and collaborate with participating teachers to share information with the broader community of educators at a RAC-CEMS STEM Educators’ Collaboration Event and the FLI’s annual conference for teachers in the fall of 2009.  Applications will be accepted from March 2   through April 9, from sixth through 12th grade science teachers. Please visit the RACCEMS Web site:  http://www.raccems.org and Finger Lakes Institute http://fli.hws.edu/education.asp/   for more information.  Or contact Sheila Myers, FLI Education Outreach Coordinator at smyers@hws.edu.

In the photo above, Myers is working with teachers at Montezuma wetlands testing soil samples last summer.