This is an application to enroll in a professional development course being conducted by the University of Hawaii’s Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG). OPIHI is a citizen science program where secondary school students monitor rocky intertidal areas in Hawai‘i. Teachers and students learn marine ecology conservation and are trained in field methodology, species identification, and sampling techniques.
Ten years ago, OPIHI student data resulted in the first description of community-level patterns at intertidal sites across Hawai‘i. The main purpose of this professional development opportunity is to rigorously monitor Hawai‘i’s intertidal to determine if and how the organisms have changed since the original OPIHI surveys 10 years ago. We will also be adding new OPIHI sites so we can further our understanding of the intertidal in Hawai‘i.
If selected to participate, you will be required to do OPIHI with at least one of your classes. You will be asked to implement pre-field trip lessons (at least a week of traditionally scheduled class time), take an OPIHI field trip to the intertidal, and allow for additional class time to upload the data to our database and analyze data. OPIHI activities are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); but we think all teachers involved in STEM will be able to successfully implement these lessons!
Teacher participants are eligible to receive the classroom supplies needed to implement OPIHI, earn 3 professional development credits from the HI Department of Education, and earn a stipend ($150) for your participation in the educational research component of the project. Travel support is available for teachers from Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. Bus transportation costs (for students to go on OPIHI intertidal field trip) are also available.
The research portion of this professional development will involve collecting information from you in confidential surveys, and assessments from you and your students. Only a limited number of teachers will be chosen to participate in this unique professional development opportunity.
In addition to filling out this application, please send Joanna Philippoff (firstname.lastname@example.org
) a resume.
The application deadline is October 31, 2016.