CCD Workshop 2018 – Online Application

Thank you for your interest in our one-of-a-kind professional development workshop designed to help incorporate authentic science research experiences on invasive species into your curriculum. Because of limited resources, participation is limited to 16 teachers who will be selected by the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP).

  • Applications will be accepted from HIGH SCHOOL classroom teachers
  • Participants MUST apply in pairs. One participant per pair MUST be a former UF/IFAS CAIP PLANT CAMP graduate and one participant should have never attended PLANT CAMP. Each pair should teach in the same school district, preferably at the same school.

Please contact us at caip-education@ufl.edu or 352-273-3665 with any questions.


Workshop made possible by United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant # 2017-68010-25962
and UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Agricultural Education and Communication, and Agronomy.


Collaborative Curriculum Design (CCD) is designed to take your existing ecology or biology lessons and adapt them to include student experiences with authentic science research around invasive species. By authentic science research, we mean lessons that include student development of and systematic investigation of research questions in a manner similar to that of professional scientists. By pairing a teacher with PLANT CAMP experience with one from the same district without, we hope to create collaborations to support teachers in implementing the lessons and assessments designed during the professional development in their classrooms. The workshop will include introduction to ongoing UF invasive species ecology research and time to redesign lessons in consultation with UF scientists and education experts.

This workshop is funded as part of a USDA Education Research grant, and workshop participants will be asked to consent to serve as research participants, co-design student assessments in August 2018, implement the revised lesson in your classroom and help the CCD team conduct research on implementation in 2018-19.

Each individual participating teacher who completes the workshop, classroom implementation and research in 2018-2019 will receive a $500 stipend following the workshop and an additional $500 stipend at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.


WHEN & WHERE
July 10-12, 2018, Gainesville, FL
AND
Virtual Meeting on August 25, 2018 9am-12pm OR August 28, 2018 4pm-7pm
(your choice of date; computer or conference call options available for either date)


IMPORTANT: Please have all necessary items (#1 – 5) for both applicants ready when filling out/submitting application. Applications MUST be submitted by the DUE DATE: February 28, 2018. If any of these items are missing or incomplete, the application may not be considered.

Send completed application packet to:

ONLINE FORM (Preferred) MAILING ADDRESS (Download Form) FAX NUMBER (Download Form)
See Online Application Below UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville FL 32653
352-392-3462

APPLICATION: Complete the online application below and upload all required documents for both participants (items #1 – 5). You will not be able to save the application to come back to it at a later time. If unable to complete online process or if you prefer to apply by mail/fax, please download the PDF Form and submit all materials.


HAVE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS READY WHEN APPLYING

Document #1 – Letter of Recommendation (1 per participant): from principal or supervisor

  • On school/organizational letterhead
  • Must be signed
  • Should contain a brief description of your
    • Teaching accomplishments
    • Enthusiasm
    • Evidence of interest in teaching about Florida’s natural resources

Document #2 – Letter of Commitment (1 per participant) from principal to support your participation
in research in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

  • DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE HERE and ask principal to revise as needed.
  • Copy and paste onto school/organizational letterhead
  • Must be signed

Document #3 – Statement of Purpose (1 per participant): please limit to one page

  • Participant 1: Previous PLANT CAMP graduate
    • Explain (with examples) how you have shared your PLANT CAMP knowledge & materials with students and fellow educators. Include documentation of teacher workshops you have led, if any.
    • Experience with integrating unique learning experiences into the standard curriculum.
    • Relationship to partner teacher, including description of previous collaborations, if any.
  • Participant 2: First-time participants (never attended PLANT CAMP)
    • Why do you wish to attend this particular professional development?
    • Relationship to partner teacher, including description of previous collaborations, if any.
    • Experience with integrating unique learning experiences into the standard curriculum.

Document #4 – Lesson Outline (1 per participant): A brief outline of any lesson(s) you would intend to revise as part of the workshop

  • Does NOT have to be an invasive species lesson per se, can be general ecology, biology, etc.
  • Can be a Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants lesson (from PLANT CAMP or otherwise)
  • Format can be a formal lesson plan or a narrative describing activities and learning objectives

Document #5 – UF Institutional Review Board (IRB) Consent Forms (1 per participant)


Online Application

* Required Fields

   • I understand this workshop is three days long, and if selected, I will attend the entire event.
   • I understand this workshop is for high school teachers, and partners should have one participant who
     previously attended Plant Camp, and one participant who has not attended Plant Camp.
   • I understand that by filling out this online application, my personal information is being transmitted electronically.
   • I verify the following information is true and accurate.

  • Participant #1 (previous PLANT CAMP graduate)

  • Note: Please provide a physical mailing address so we can send materials before the workshop, if needed.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC1 (example: SmithJaneDOC1.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC2 (example: SmithJaneDOC2.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC3 (example: SmithJaneDOC3.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC4 (example: SmithJaneDOC4.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC5 (example: SmithJaneDOC5.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Participant #2 (never attended PLANT CAMP)

  • Note: Please provide a physical mailing address so we can send materials before the workshop, if needed.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC1 (example: SmithJaneDOC1.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC2 (example: SmithJaneDOC2.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC3 (example: SmithJaneDOC3.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC4 (example: SmithJaneDOC4.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • Only WORD DOC or PDF file types accepted - Make sure the file name is your 'Lastname' then 'Firstname' then DOC5 (example: SmithJaneDOC5.doc)
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.