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For a long time, science (and math, and technology, and…) have been taught in a way that does not engage most students. A teacher presents an underlying scientific principle, often in a neat, abstract equation form, and then after students do some rote repetition of said formula, the teacher might present a few real-life examples in order to make it all seem “real.” However, those applications mentioned aren’t necessarily relevant to the students’ life, interests, or curiosities. They fail to engage. The Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) encourage teachers to flip this old regime on its head. Instead of beginning with an abstract scientific concept, lecture, and/or memorization, the NGSS recognizes that you—like any presenter or actor—must first engage your audience. The NGSS humanize students, respect their curiosity, and urge teachers to first tap into students’ interest in... Read More

Conservation, Education, How To, Nature, Professional Development, Science



In Yellowstone National Park, the sun beats down and grasshoppers buzz as Ecology Project International (EPI) local high school student Skyla places a headset over her ears and listens for a beep. Her eyes scan the grasslands as she slowly sweeps her arm from east to west, listening for the strongest intensity of signal. There! She notes the direction to her partner, Tyler, and the group hikes in that direction—to locate a radio-collared bison and record the current herd dynamics for park biologists. Ready-made, immersive field science experiences like this for you and your students are available through EPI’s field ecology programs. But what if you want to build the concepts and practices of field science into your classroom every day? Citizen science projects can help you fill that void. The internet age has made recording and sharing data fast... Read More

Education, How To, Nature, Science



Professional development can give science teachers fresh perspectives, new curricula, exciting travel, teambuilding opportunities, and most importantly—renewed inspiration. Every teacher deserves to participate! Unfortunately, many programs are competitive and writing a successful application can be difficult.   So we asked a few of our own EPI Teacher Fellows for advice on how YOU can get into the best teacher trainings, fellowships, and professional development out there. Toward the end, our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator weighs in on what makes her take a second look at applicants to EPI’s Teacher Fellowship program.  1. Start locally Professional development opportunities are available by the thousands, yet some of the best-known programs garner thousands of competitive applications each year. Betsy Craske, the 5th/6th STEM teacher at Sussex School in Missoula, Montana, who recently participated in the Wings Over Water Summer Institute, suggests starting locally with professional... Read More

Education, How To, Professional Development, Travel