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, March 17, 2008

Middle and High School Teacher IPY Opportunity

Middle and High School Teacher Opportunity International Polar Year: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Polar Connections University of Massachusetts Amherst 14-18 July 2008 Application Deadline: Tuesday, 1 April 2008 For further information, please go to: -------------------- Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University of Massachusetts Amherst, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Polar Connections is designed to promote the teaching of science concepts and processes related to the polar regions and to emphasize connections to state and national science standards in middle and high schools. This unique teacher opportunity features a week-long program at University of Massachusetts Amherst, which focuses on current science research in the polar regions and makes connections to school science curriculums. The program will address the rapid changes occurring in the physical environment, the corresponding impact on the biosphere, and the history and politics of the polar regions. During the program participants will preview the curriculum materials and draft a plan for incorporating them into the classroom. Online discussion forums will be held during the academic year to facilitate collaborative efforts between participants and university faculty. Teachers can earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for participation in this program, and three graduate credits will be available at a reduced cost. Housing, meals, and travel reimbursement will be provided for those who live outside the commuting area. In addition to a $375 USD stipend, participants will receive various materials, a materials budget, and funds to support their dissemination efforts. To apply, teachers must prepare a narrative statement on how they plan to use the information from this seminar in the classroom, as well as how and where they will disseminate knowledge about the study of polar regions within the school, school district, and community. Applicants must include a resume and letter of support from the school principal or superintendent. The application package can be submitted by e-mail, fax, or regular mail, but should be received by Tuesday, 1 April 2008. Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis. The program is sponsored by the STEM Education Institute and the Climate System Research Center (CSRC), and is designed for teachers of middle and high school science, math, and technology. For more information and application forms, please go to: or contact: E-mail: Phone: 413-545-0734 Fax: 413-545-3697

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