Collaborative Curriculum Design (CCD) Professional Development Workshop (Plant Camp 2.0)

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. 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.

When and Where:

July 9-11, 2019 in Gainesville, FL (arriving July 8, 2018) AND one online or conference call in August 2019 (Date options TBD)

Each individual participating teacher who completes the workshop, classroom implementation and research in 2019-2020 will receive a $500 stipend following the workshop and an additional $500 stipend at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

There is no cost to attend the workshop and lodging and most meals are provided. Teachers may earn up to 22 hours of professional development credit. Applications are due March, 31, 2019.

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