Congratulations to this year’s first Collaborative Curriculum Design graduates! We had a fantastic group of high school teachers join us for a several busy days of invasive ecology content and lesson plan collaboration.
Applications for the next CCD Workshop will be available in early 2018. Check back for details!
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 includes introductions 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 are asked to consent to serve as research participants, co-design student assessments, implement the revised lesson in your classroom, and help the CCD team conduct research on implementation.