Ecosystem-Based Scientist-Educator Professional Development Workshops
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COSEE Alaska developed this workshop model in collaboration with multiple partners on three different multi-day workshops. Each workshop focused on a large ecosystem: the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Arctic Ocean.
The workshops were opportunities for researchers to present to, work with and develop lasting relationships with teachers. In addition, researchers had the opportunity to learn from and share research with a local community where their research often has the most direct impact.
Teachers had the opportunity to learn about current research directly from the scientists doing the work, develop lesson plans with those very researchers, increase their knowledge of culturally-responsive traditional ecological knowledge and develop lasting relationships that often led to new opportunities and collaborative projects.
Bering Sea Workshop, October, 2010. Collaboration with the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), and the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS), and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
COSEE Alaska seeks to enhance ocean and climate change literacy in formal and informal audiences and the public. The Center engages ocean scientists, teachers, informal educators and community members in the region in a broad range of programs, including statewide ocean science fairs, teacher workshops, expanded Communicating Ocean Science Workshops and hands-on sessions for scientists at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, plus distance learning and virtual field trips through our website.