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Blog Category: Professional Development

At EPI, we love science teachers, and we think you don’t get nearly enough credit for the amazing work you do. Think about it. You’re responsible for teaching students how to think critically through science education. You connect them to an entire field of knowledge, to new studies, and emerging research. And you inspire them to become doctors, engineers, conservation and marine biologists, or maybe even, you guessed it, science teachers! It’s like the circle of life… So for you, science teachers, EPI has put together a list of the most incredible professional development opportunities with nonprofit organizations around the country, and beyond – summer institutes, trainings, workshops, conferences, and more. Want to build your Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum? Work directly with scientists on the cutting edge of their field? Collaborate with other amazing science... Read More

Education, Professional Development, Science, Travel

Guest post by 2017 EPI Magdalena Bay Teacher Fellow Fiona Hall Ecology Project International (EPI) takes great pride in its ability to involve many stakeholders in conservation issues and in doing so, collaborates with other like-minded organizations to further the development of education and conservation. Through my interactions with EPI, RED Travel Mexico and Grupo Tortuguero, one thing became glaringly evident: conservation (in any capacity) has many more layers to it than meets the eye. As both a geography and science teacher, EPI and its partners have shown me that successful conservation must take the time to consider each issue that factors into the ecosystem it’s trying to protect. As ecosystems are extremely complex, so must be the solutions to their protection. To have a lasting impact, successful conservationists must be systems thinkers. They must look at gaps or weaknesses in the ecosystem, examine the causes of... Read More

Conservation, Professional Development, Science

A single week of travel can transform your teaching and help you see environmental issues through a different perspective. It's amazing what happened when I moved out of my comfort zone, stepped into the shoes of a student, and immersed myself in research in a secluded environment.  Ecology Project International's Teacher Fellowship has been one of the most transformative weeks that I have ever spent, and has reminded me of five important ideas about science education. 1. Exploration Science should be fun. Humans are naturally curious about the world, and we naturally love to explore, interact, categorize, and share about what we find. We were given ample time to experience the ecosystems as we searched the bay, beaches, dunes, and mangroves. We didn’t have to worry about having the “right” answers; we all celebrated every treasure that was found in... Read More

Education, Professional Development