Workshop: “Common Learning Experience to Set the Stage for Collaboration”
Dates: Late June
Location: University of Washington Campus, Seattle
This workshop sets the stage for collaboration during the following school year. Fellows and teachers from the previous year give presentations about their experiences with OACIS. They also serve as mentors during the workshop. Current fellows and teachers join in the discussion about lesson plans that work, interdisciplinary curriculum, and a day in the life a teacher and graduate student. The workshop culminates with information about program logistics. Multiple field trips/experiences are included to demonstrate teaching resources and to build a cohesive group. This workshop is structured so it can be used for professional development credits for teachers.
Workshop: “Learning to be Partners and Getting to Work”
Dates: mid August
Location: Friday Harbor Laboratories
At this second workshop, teachers and fellows share a mixture of activities, including local field trips, content seminars, pedagogical seminars, and plenty of time to begin planning their partnership. Teacher-fellow partnerships use the relaxed and isolated atmosphere of Friday Harbor Laboratories to work on curricula, lesson plans, and scheduling fellow time in the classroom. This workshop is structured so it can be used for professional development credits for teachers.
Quarterly All-OACIS Meetings
Fall Quarter Date: November or December
Winter Quarter Date: February
Spring Quarter Date: April
Location: University of Washington Campus, Seattle and Friday Harbor Labs, San Juan County
Quarterly meetings serve to help teachers and fellows brainstorm, trouble-shoot, and assess program progress.
Early Fall Course: “Best Practices in Science Teaching: High School Marine Science”
Dates: 5 days in September
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
After spending some observation days in their high school classroom, fellows are required to sign up for a 2-credit, 5-day, intensive graduate-level course offered through Oceanography. The course is modeled after the “Communicating Ocean Sciences” course, developed to support graduate students learning science teaching methods for K-6 students, and learning concepts. The GK-12 course is adapted to emphasize high school level teaching. It introduces fellows to inquiry-based teaching methods and science education theory, research and practice that create student-centered learning environments, as well as descriptions of effective science curricula.
Weekly Meeting with OACIS Teacher
Date: Set up meeting date at the beginning of collaboration
Location: at the high school
Fellows meet weekly with OACIS teachers to plan and assess progress. Meeting time is in addition to 10 hours per week in classrooms.
Bi-Weekly Meeting with OACIS Staff
Date: to be determined each quarter
Location: University of Washington Campus, Seattle, and Friday Harbor Labs, San Juan County
Two Lesson Plans for Publication Online
Deadline: December 31 and June 1
Each semester, each Fellow will prepare their best lesson plan for web publication, with handouts and powerpoint presentations. One plan is due at the end of each semester. Fellows should upload these documents to our shared space on UW Catalyst
Deadline: August, February, and July
Fellows must develop a teaching statement as part of their participation in the program. Instructions will be provided during the June workshop. The first draft is due before the August workshop, a revised version is due at the end of the first semester, and a final version is due July 1.