Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Workshop Educators
Held at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye New Hampshire
Monday, June 1, 2009 through Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Workshop participants
COSEE-OS is dedicated to fostering educator-scientist collaborations with a focus on investigating how inland audiences can better understand how the oceans affect their everyday lives. Since 2006, over 100 educators from 18 states -- as far away as Texas, Idaho and New Mexico -- have participated in professional development workshops at the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Connecticut. Some of our workshop attendees have also been sponsored to participate in national conferences.

Based on experience from these and other COSEE-OS initiatives, we have crafted a new model of Educator-Scientist Workshops to co-create online learning resources that align with National Science Education Standards, Climate Literacy and Ocean Literacy Principles. Each workshop focuses on the current research topics of the internationally known scientists who participate fully in all aspects of the workshop. Pedagogical techniques such as concept mapping and on-line collaboration tools are employed to foster sustained interactions between the educators and scientists.

Deb Goodwin

Watch a video of scientist Deb Goodwin explaining the changes that happened to her concept map while working with a group of informal educators.

In this workshop, 12 educators were matched with 5 ocean and climate scientists from the University of New Hampshire to improve their collective understanding of Earth's major ocean - climate systems. Click on their names in the menu at left to learn more about these educators and how some of them are applying what they've learned in their classrooms.

Quotes from Workshop Participants

"It was GREAT to have a professional development session for informal educators - we do not get enough of this, as [we] tend to provide it."

"It went beyond, by helping me connect to other informal educators and start building my own network."