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 engage teachers and students in inquiry-based learning and authentic scientific research, while utilizing citizen science to rigorously monitor Hawai‘i’s intertidal ecosystems. The data will be used to examine change in intertidal communities 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 enter the data in our database and analyze data. OPIHI activities are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS); however, 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 and earn 3 professional development credits from the HI Department of Education (pending HIDOE approval). Travel support is available for teachers from Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. Reimbursement for school bus transportation (for students to go on OPIHI intertidal field trip) is also available.
The educational 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 your resume to Jessica Schaefer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The application deadline is October 31, 2018.