As Minnesota teachers’ phase in the new academic standards in science some of the most significant changes are about what and at which grade level Minnesota teaches earth science. To support those teachers looking to strengthen their practice and use more place-based approaches the Minnesota Science Teachers Association is offering the Earth Science Professional Development Program (ESTEP). The program is open to currently licensed teachers as well as educational assistants who are working towards licensure. The program is committed to reflecting the diversity of Minnesota educators including BIPOC staff and other underrepresented groups.
The 6th grade program will be a one-week bootcamp style workshop focused on both earth science content and supporting the development of three-dimensional academic units. After the one week intensive there will be the opportunity for ongoing support including regional cohorts.
The goal will be to offer at least one 6th grade workshop summer 2021 and possibly as many as 11 over the next three years depending on funding.
For those high school teachers looking to add graduate level course opportunities starting in the summer of 2022, followed by online course work over the school year and concluding with another two-week session summer 2023.
More information is available at the MnSTA website.