TERC, a not for profit education research and development center in Cambridge MA, is seeking high school science teachers to pilot or field test its Biocomplexity and the Habitable Planet curriculum during the 2008-2009 school year. Biocomplexity is an innovative 11th-12th grade capstone course in Ecosystem/Environmental Science under development at TERC, in partnership with the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY, and funded by the National Science Foundation.
High school teachers of general science, ecology, environmental science and geography courses are encouraged to apply. Pilot and field test teachers will receive stipends for providing feedback and completing other responsibilities.
A yearlong course or two semester-long courses.
Module One focuses on urban ecology, climate change and biodiversity.
Module Two is about suburban sprawl, regional landscape ecology and agriculture.
Students conduct inquiry-based investigations designed around land use and conservation challenges and use evidence to build a case that supports their chosen solution for each challenge.
The curriculum provides opportunities for students’ active engagement in science as they:
• Wrestle with realistic problems in the field and lab
• Work in teams, creating their own work schedules supported by rubrics and checklists for self-assessment.
• Learn to use and apply the kinds of models scientists use.
Extensive, practical teacher materials increase teachers’ content knowledge and support innovative instructional strategies.
You will be provided with a copy of the curriculum materials and support from the team of project scientists and educators. You will also become part of a national community of teachers using the curriculum materials and providing us with feedback to increase the quality of the curriculum. You will receive a stipend of $400/module used in your classroom. We will also offer a 2 day curriculum orientation workshop for local participants on July 9th and 10th.
• Implement the full curriculum in the expected timeframe.
• Distribute to and collect consent forms from your students before the curriculum begins.
• Give pre-post student assessments to enable us to determine the efficacy of the curriculum.
• Complete a curriculum implementation survey for each module.
During the 2008-2009 school year
We hope that you will join us in this exciting opportunity! If you are interested in becoming a pilot or field test teacher or have any questions please contact: