Baltimore Partnership for Environmental Science Literacy
2012-2013 Teachers’ Institute
Baltimore Ecosystem Study ● Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies ● Towson University
Teacher Information and Application
Are you looking to enrich your environmental science knowledge?
Apply to participate in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) 2012-2013 Teachers’ Institute. We are looking
for dedicated middle and high school biology and environmental science teachers from Baltimore City and
County Schools to join this exciting year long program.
Participating teachers will receive:
A 7-day summer workshop (June 23-29, July 2-3, 2012) focused on environmental science topics including:
an exploration of the big ideas in environmental science in the urban ecosystems of Baltimore; instruction
on carbon cycling and climate change, water flow and quality, and biodiversity through inquiry-based
projects in the field and classroom; practice with inquiry and culturally relevant teaching; a look at pathways
of student thinking and learning about environmental science; and curriculum materials for use in your
Five school year workshops (Saturdays) for added learning and sharing with other scientists and educators.
Ongoing support from Partnership scientists and educators throughout the 2012-2013 school year with
planning and implementation of lessons.
A stipend ($180 per day of participation):
Up to $1,440 for participating in the 7 day Summer Workshop, June 25th - June 29th and July 2nd & 3rd,
Up to $900 for 5 days of workshops and project participation during the 2012-2013 school year.
Up to $500 for teaching supplies and expenses, and access to other supplies and teaching resources.
Pre- and post-instruction student data to help prepare for your teaching, and to assess its’ impacts.
MSDE Continuing Professional Development Credits (3 credits for summer participation, 2 credits for
school year participation).
As a teacher participating in the 2012-2013 Teachers’ Institute, you will agree to:
Attend and actively participate in the full Baltimore Partnership for Environmental Science Literacy -
Summer Workshop, June 25th - June 29th and July 2nd & 3rd, 2012.
Attend and actively participate in 5 days of professional development workshops during the 2012-2013
school year and complete follow-up assignments for each.
Complete pre- and post-program assessment surveys about your environmental science knowledge and
about your teaching. These will be on-line surveys requiring no more than 40 minutes to complete for each
of the three strands of the framework, and for the teaching survey.
Teach at least one curriculum units (carbon, water, or biodiversity), as appropriate to your curriculum.
Administer pre- and post-instruction assessments to all students in at least one class each year. These will be
either written or, preferably, on-line “tests” requiring no more than 40 minutes to complete.
Complete all project evaluation surveys and, where appropriate, participate in individual or focus group
interviews on specific topics and/or teaching practices.
Respond to journal prompts after each schoolyear workshop.
Prepare a portfolio at the end of the school year that will include: brief commentary about your teaching and
its impact on your students, sample lesson plans with comments about student thinking and learning,
assignments and samples of student work in response to these assignments, and other materials
demonstrating your activities and/or your student attainment.
For more information contact: Mary Hardcastle, BES Interim Educator, 410-448-5663 x127,
Application Form - 2012-2013 BES Teachers’ Institute
Please complete the following application and send it, along with a current resume, to Mary
Hardcastle, Parks & People Foundation, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21211;
Work Phone: Cell Phone:
Best time and
manner to contact
you (specify email
or phone, home or
Describe your teaching experience by filling out the table below
# years Grade Subject(s)
Describe your teaching assignment. Please indicate if this information is for (check one):
2011-2012 (if you don’t know your assignment for next year)
Now please fill in the chart below for each class or course you teach.
Course or Class Name # students/ (minutes/period, Does it include
and Topic Grade(s) classes class periods/week, etc.) environmental science?
Please describe your teaching style or approach by addressing the following questions.
a) How do you use hands-on learning from authentic materials and fieldwork?
b) How do you use formative assessment and other ways of probing student thinking in shaping how
c) How do you relate environmental science topics to students’ culture, place and everyday lives?
Explain what you hope to gain from this experience by completing the following table.
How important is this goal to you?
0 = not important,
1 = somewhat important, Please explain your answer,
2= moderately important, and giving specific things you hope to
Goal of Teachers’ Institute 3 = extremely important gain in each area.
Learn cutting edge
Acquire new techniques for
looking at and responding to
Receive new curriculum
materials, supplies and resources.
Be part of a research project
about environmental science
teaching and learning.
How do you see incorporating new lessons and teaching approaches in our core topic areas (water,
carbon, biodiversity) into your teaching?
How do you think your participation will benefit your students?
Are there computers with Internet access so that your students can take online assessments?
Do you have access to an outdoor space for investigations near your school, and do you have your
school’s support / permission for doing so?