International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Monday, February 18, 2008

Connecting Arctic/Antarctic Researchers (CARE)

see below, a great new resource and communication opportunity for teachers to connect with polar researchers. Please do join up and let me know what you think of it as in the next year we'll have to think about what happens after IPY,- and this might be a great place to migrate this group of "IPY Teachers" too so that you all remain connected with the latest opportunities and adventures in polar science, beyond IPY. Rhian > Dear Program Managers: > > I am writing to invite and your teachers to participate in a new polar > science discussion network, Connecting Arctic/Antarctic Researchers > and Educators (CARE), facilitated by ARCUS as part of PolarTREC > (Teachers and > Researchers Exploring and Collaborating). > > The CARE network is open to any educators and researchers that have > had teacher research experience in the polar regions. We feel that > anyone that > has participated in such a program could gain from networking to > further > engage those involved in teaching and researching polar science in > discussions about polar science content and educational approaches. > CARE is > also open to anyone that interested in bringing polar research into > the > classroom, even if they haven't had a field experience in the polar > regions. > The purpose of CARE is to provide a mechanism by which teachers who > had a > can communicate with several of their colleagues about the successes > and > challenges associated with synthesizing the experience and > transferring it > into classroom practice for themselves and their colleagues. > > A critical aspect of the CARE groups is that they are designed to be > participant-driven and needs-based. CARE will also regularly involve > polar researchers in the discussions to further the connection between > current > field research and the work of the K-12 classroom. > > The CARE groups offer the opportunity for participants to enhance > their professional development through discussions of field > experiences, current > science issues, content, technology resources, and pedagogy. Through > discussion these groups will leverage the diverse experiences and > expertise > of the participants in order to explore solutions to mentoring > challenges. > Each CARE group will participate in a facilitated one-hour > conference call > on a regular basis. > > If this sounds interesting, please check out the website and encourage > your teachers to register for CARE . We > anticipate > that CARE groups will start meeting this spring. > > For more information or questions, please feel free to contact me at > or call 907-474-1600. > > Best Regards, > > Janet Warburton > PolarTREC Education Project Manager > > Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) > 3535 College Road, Suite #101 > Fairbanks, AK U.S.A. 99709-3710 > Phone: 907-474-1600, ext. 612 > Fax: 907-474-1604 > Email: > Websites:; > > ------ End of Forwarded Message > > > *************************************************************************** Janet Warburton PolarTREC Education Project Manager

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