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.

When: July 11-13, 2017
Where: Gainesville, Florida

Applications Are Now Closed - A Big Thanks To All Applicants!
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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.
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 2017, implement the revised lesson in your classroom and help the CCD team conduct research on implementation in 2017-18.

Each individual participating teacher who completes the workshop, classroom implementation and research in 2017-18 will receive a $1000 participation stipend.