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Blog Category: Professional Development

Most occupations offer paid professional development opportunities—but this is not always true for teachers. There's often little paid time to create innovative curricula or enough money to take your students on meaningful field trips. So Ecology Project International asked our own Fellowship Experience Coordinator, Klavdija Jenko, to research funding opportunities for science teachers. Here's what she's got: 1. Fund for Teachers Would you like to design your own fellowship? Then you may want to check out Fund for Teachers, which supports educators in their mission to impact student achievement through developing their own leadership skills, knowledge, and confidence. 2. Make a Difference: Teach If you are interested in advancing your own education but haven't been able to find the time or money, check out Teach. This website is dedicated to helping you find online degree options... Read More

Education, Professional Development

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, Nature, Professional Development, Science

Do you love wildlife and hope to make a career of working with animals? Maybe you want to get a job with WWF. Or with EPI.  Guess what—there are many types of organizations you can help can you pursue a career working with wildlife! I am a veterinary student at University of California, Davis, and have had amazing experiences working with zebras, hawks, Galapagos giant tortoises, monkeys, harbor seals, and many more. I'm sharing a few tips on getting experience with wildlife as a high school or college student. Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation  There are centers around the U.S. and the world where injured or orphaned wildlife are taken in, given medical care, and released back into the wild, if possible. Often, these animals are the victims of human activity, such as a hawk hit by a car or... Read More

Alumni, Education, Professional Development