• Inquiry Teachers

    Science and Engineering Practices in Action (SEPA)

    A science professional development workshop like no other

    Hamline University, in partnership with Anoka-Hennepin Schools and the Minnesota Science Teachers Association (MnSTA), has received funding for year two of an interactive summer workshop on science content, science practices, and teaching strategies for K-12 teachers of science.  Portions of the workshop will be videotaped and used to produce online modules for use throughout the state.

    teacher opportunities include:

    • Learn teaching strategies that support Practices of Science and Engineering.
    • Gather new, standards-focused ideas and strategies to support your science teaching. 
    • Deepen your skills in guiding students through:
      • planning and carrying out investigations
      • engaging in argument from evidence
      • evaluating and communicating information 
    • Expand your content background around topics in geology, biodiversity, geochemistry, hydrology, climate change and river engineering.
    • Spend four days in the field experiencing the geology and biodiversity of the Twin Cities area.
    • $1000 stipend
    • Option of two graduate credits from Hamline University ($358 paid by teacher)

    This is your opportunity to be part of developing a statewide series of online professional development modules based on Practices of Science and Engineering.  21 teachers of science, evenly representing grades K-12, will be selected to participate.

    workshop details

    Dates:  June 26-29 & August 16, 2017
    Time:  8:30-3:30 each day (Lunch is not provided.)
    Location:  TBD
    Instructors:  A mix of university and classroom teachers led by Lee Schmitt

    Application Deadline:  April 14,2017

    Criteria for Selection

    • Completion of workshop online application by April 14, 2017
    • Able to attend all five days of the summer workshop
    • Able to do minimal hiking into and out of geologic field sites
    • Will teach science next school year in a public or private school within the Anoka-Hennepin District boundaries
    • Enthusiastic about learning/reviewing earth science, biology and chemistry content
    • Willing to work and discuss in groups with fellow science educators while on camera
    • Willing to adapt and implement teaching strategies from the workshop
    • Must sign a photo release

    Join your Colleagues on Camera and help bring Science and Engineering Practices in Action to teachers throughout Minnesota.

    The deadline for applications has passed. The 21 participants have been chosen, and we have a waiting list of at 7 people. However, if you would like to submit an application, we will put you on the waiting list.

    Questions? Contact your district’s Science Teaching and Learning Specialist, or Lee Schmitt at lschmitt@hamline.edu

    Funded through the federal Math/Science Partnership grant program, Title II, Part B, administered by the Minnesota Dept. of Education.