Summer 2006 Teacher Professional Development Institutes at Michigan Tech

Check out these exciting teacher professional development institutes this summer at Michigan Tech University for formal teachers and non-formal educators. Download brochures and applications from . Hope to see you this summer!

NEW! Michigan Middle/High School Environmental Education Curriculum for Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Land Use, Water Quality, Energy Resources & Air Quality

~ June 12-16, 2006
~ Attend 1-5 one-day workshops ---as many as you like!

Cost: FREE; $45/day for lodging/meals (optional) at MTU Ford Center
Deadline: Wednesday, May 31

For more information: Joan Schumaker-Chadde at 906-487-3341 or Loret Roberts 906-482-0331

Engaging, innovative, hands-on lessons designed to increase understanding and appreciation for Michigan's environment. These five units include Michigan-specific data and problem-solving, meet Michigan benchmarks for science and social studies; and provide MEAP-like assessments. Short descriptions of each unit follow:

Ecosystems & Biodiversity (grades 4-6) - Explores how organisms interact with their environment, ecosystem services, Michigan’s environmental timeline, and concepts related to biodiversity including Michigan’s Web of Life and Biodiversity Study.

Land Use (grades 4-6) – looks at what is land use, using aerial photos to identify land use changes, who decides how land is used, and what are the consequences of different land uses.

Water Quality (grades 6-8) - Students discover the essential role that water plays in Michigan’s economy and our lives; calculate how much water they use, investigate how land uses can impact water quality, explore Michigan watersheds and characteristics of healthy streams, analyze Michigan stream data, and investigate challenges to the Great Lakes. Students consider How can we protect Michigan’s water quality and quantity? and Bioaccumulation in the Great Lakes.

Air Quality (grades 7-9) - Explores the sources, types and health effects of air pollutants in Michigan and examines current Michigan issues through lessons on: Why Should We Be Concerned About Air Quality? and How Can We Tell What the Quality of Air is Today?Also includes a series of lessons on global climate change and its potential effects on the Great Lakes.

Energy Resources (grades 7-9) - Addresses Michigan energy use and sources, how electricity is generated, renewable and non-renewable energy resources, energy conservation and efficiency, and environmental sustainability. Students keep an Energy Use Diary, compare Michigan and U.S. per capita energy consumption to energy use in other countries, and calculate their energy footprint. What is Michigan's energy future?

'Fabulous lessons in this unit! I’ll definitely be using it! Presenters did a fantastic job! Districts should be adopting all of these units for each appropriate grade level and building. Excellent hands-on real-world connections for students to make personal connections to and remember!'
Jessica O’Donnell, Spring Lake Public Schools