2020 Beaver Island Institute Application
Dear Colleague:

Welcome to your first step in joining the 2020 Beaver Island Institute!

We welcome sixteen K-12 teachers to experience a unique, one-week professional development institute at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island.

Teachers will participate in collaborative, inquiry-based workshops and field experiences to identify and integrate key standards from STEAM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). While we encourage educators to participate in the institute with a colleague from his/her own school, individual educators are also welcome to apply.

Our institute will take place on Beaver Island from August 2 through 7, 2020 and will be capped at 16 participants. We ask that all teachers interested in attending the institute apply by completing this brief Google form. Depending on the number of initial applicants that submit the form by April 17, we will then follow up to confirm a space in our institute and work out a payment plan.

Registration for this experience (including ferry service to and from the island, one week of room and board at the CMU Biological Station, and workshop expenses) is $900. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due by May 1, with remaining costs due by July 15. Participants will be responsible for travel to and from Charlevoix, Michigan.

Partial funding for teachers from the Macomb ISD and counties in the Great Lakes Bay Region are available. Those seeking support will be asked to complete an additional essay question describing their goals for attending the institute. In addition to basic contact info and demographics, applicants seeking additional funding from MISD or the Great Lakes Bay Region will reply to the following in 500 words or less:

As it relates to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics):

- How are you currently thinking about and planning for the integration of STEAM-related standards?
- How will your participation in this institute help you meet goals for the integration of STEAM-related standards in 2020-21?

Deadline for this initial interest application: 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020.

Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may need to conduct additional interviews/ask for additional information.

Participants who are selected for the institute will be notified no later than April 30th, and the down payment will be due on May 1st.

Graduate credit and SCECHs will be available at additional cost (pending approval).

Questions? Please contact Dr. Hicks:

Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
troy.hicks@cmich.edu
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