First POD Facilitation Academy a Great Success

In July of 2016, we held our first POD Facilitation Academy in Flagstaff, Arizona. We are pleased to report that this outstanding group of Facilitators helped make the Academy a great success. Their combined experience teaching, leading professional development and utilizing GIS made for enthusiastic collaboration.

We engaged in an example Geospatial Inquiry around natural hazards and risk, explored pedagogical moves that can support Geospatial Inquiry, considered benefits and challenges to implementation of Geospatial Inquiry in secondary classrooms, supports for teachers to overcome barriers. Finally, we explored ways to enhance a myriad of lessons in multiple subject areas using Geospatial Inquiry.geospatial_graphic_72dpi POD Facilitators are currently planning their first POD Teacher Workshops across the country. To find a POD Teacher Workshop near you, join our mailing list. 

Since this is a design based research project with the goal of seeing how the POD professional development model transfers to new contexts, we will engage in multiple improvement cycles. We are currently revising our POD Guides and Academy based on Facilitator feedback and developing and validating the research instruments.

We will soon be recruiting 15 exceptional professional development coordinators, science/STEM curriculum coordinators, college faculty, and any individuals who support teachers on a regular basis to apply to attend our new and improved POD Facilitation Academy to learn to replicate POD Teacher Workshops across the nation.  It will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 19-23, 2017. Sign up to be notified when the application goes live.

Please email podstemnau@gmail.com with any questions!

 

Our Contribution to the CITE Special Issue: Geospatial Techologies in Teacher Education

We’re excited about our contribution to the special Geospatial Technologies in Teacher Education issue of the Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) Journal. We followed teachers one to two years beyond POD Teacher workshops to see what teaching practices and tools they continued to use (or not) and why after the formal PD support ended.

 

Advisers help make POD Facilitation Academy a Success

On May 5, key advisers to the POD project convened in Flagstaff and virtually to review the POD Facilitation Academy and POD Teacher Workshop materials and research instruments. Christine Cunningham, Vice President of Museum of Science, Boston and Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary, Kirsten Daehler, Director of Making Sense of Science, and Tom Baker, Esri Education Outreach Manager provided excellent suggestions for improving the experience for participants. We appreciate all their time and effort!

Welcome Teacher Educators Class of 2016

We are excited to announce the  teacher educators invited to join us for the first POD Facilitation Academy at the state-of-the-art NAU Cline Library Learning Studio July 11-15, 2016. We look forward to learning as much from the Teacher Educators as we hope they will learn from us.

Our first POD Teacher Educators are:

  • Ina Ahern, Plymouth Regional High School, NH
  • Janey Camp, Vanderbilt University, TN
  • Chris Campbell, UTeach Tech, Louisiana Tech, Ruston, LA
  • Shireen DeSouza, Ball State University, IN
  • Bruce Fink, Kaskaskia College, IL
  • Angela Hasan, UUniversity Southern California Rossier School Education, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carla Hester-Croff, Western Wyoming Community College, WY
  • Melissa McGehee, Arizona State University, AZ
  • Robert McGehee, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University, AZ
  • Audrey Mohan, Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS), CO
  • Katrina Patton, Southeast Community College, NE
  • Eric Proctor, Arizona Game and Fish Department, AZ
  • Kevin Stilwell, Southwest Virginia Community College, VA
  • Lisa Wininger, Plainwell Middle School, MI
  • Robert Woolner, Hopkinton MIddle High School / SAU66, NH

Teacher Educators Invited to July 2016 POD Facilitation Academy

We are excited to announce we have invited 15 Teacher Educators to join us for the first POD Facilitation Academy in Flagstaff, AZ.

An outstanding pool of candidates applied for the available positions. This did not make our decision easy! We look forward to learning as much from the Teacher Educators as we hope they will learn from us. As soon as they all officially accept our invitation, we will post their names here. Stay tuned!

Save the dates

The POD Facilitation Academy will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 19-23, 2017.

We are currently recruiting 15 exceptional professional development coordinators, science/STEM curriculum coordinators, college faculty, and any individuals who support teachers on a regular basis to apply to attend our POD Facilitation Academy to learn to replicate POD Teacher Workshops across the nation.

Facilitators will receive:

  1. $500 for completion of the Facilitation Academy
  2. $900 to offset cost of travel to Flagstaff;
  3. $500 after each of two POD Teacher Workshops delivered ($1000 total);
  4. $250 after submitting data from POD Teacher Workshop participants and their students for each of the two POD Teacher Workshops implemented ($500 total). Teacher Workshop participants will also be compensated for participating.

Please email Lori Rubino-Hare (Lori.Hare@nau.edu) with any questions!

Lori Rubino-Hare, Professional Development Coordinator, Principal Investigator, NSF ITEST Power of Data Project

Northern Arizona University | Center for Science Teaching and Learning

PO Box 5697, 700 S. Osborne Drive, Science and Health Building #36, Room 534, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5697

928-523-6008 | 928-523-7953 Fax | http://nau.edu/cefns/cstl/