Bringing the Tropical Forest to the Urban Classroom
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  • 1. Expanding K-16 LACS Programming to STEM and Beyond LASA June 1, 2013 Washington, DC Bringing the Tropical Forest to the Urban Classroom Julie Kline Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2. Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Funding by the National Science Foundation Summers 2010-2013 Project Director: Stefan Schnitzer (Professor of Biological Sciences, UW-Milwaukee) Teacher Lead: Sarah Oszuscik (5th grade, La Escuela Fratney) Project support: CLACS
  • 3. Photo credit: Christian ZieglerBarro Colorado Island, Panama
  • 4. •RET Panama •Opportunity for selected K-12 teachers to live and study in a 1,560 hectares tropical forest •Approximately 3-4 week experience •Interaction with scientists from around the world •Participation in research activities •Access to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) libraries and resources •Collaboration to develop tropical ecology curriculum units
  • 5. Open to teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Nine MPS teachers will have participated between 2010-2013 La Escuela Fratney (Sarah Oszuscik, Dana Thome): K4-5, dual language Greenfield School (Veronica Ocampo): K4-8, bilingual Mitchell Integrated Arts School (Angela Rich): K4-8, bilingual Roosevelt Creative Arts Middle School (Marcel Piatek, Sara Wroblewski): 6-8 Rufus King Middle Years (Sue Browne): 6-8 Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities (Sara Feider): K4-8 Vieau School (Armando Dominguez): K4-8, bilingual
  • 6. MPS School Student Diversity Latino/African- American Limited English Proficient Eligible for Free or Reduced-Cost Lunch Fratney 59%/22% 28% 80% Greenfield 92%/3% 40% 94% Mitchell 77%/13% 35% 95% Tippecanoe 28%/14% 2% 40% Roosevelt 2% /90% 0% 76% Rufus King 6%/69% 0% 50% Vieau 95%/2% 55% 94% Source:
  • 7. Meet the Smithsonian Scientist Stefan Schnitzer
  • 8. •Website •Classroom activities / supplemental materials •Photos •Video •Teacher blogs •Conference presentations •Teacher workshops •Public programs
  • 9. Website
  • 10. Photos A Walk on BCIA Walk on BCI
  • 11. Brief video clips with scientists
  • 12. Mariah Hopkins: What questions are you trying to answer with y
  • 13. Lilián Alba (Colombia): full interview
  • 14. Beck Wehrle: What observations are you making in the field?
  • 15. Brian Sedio: What tools do you use in your research?
  • 16. Navasha Singh: Why Science?
  • 17. Teacher Blogs
  • 18. Classroom Activities
  • 19. Conference Presentations National Science Teachers Association Indianapolis March 2012 Presenter(s): Sarah Oszuscik and Dana Thome (La Escuela Fratney)
  • 20. Workshops
  • 21. Tropical ecology nature photographer Christian Ziegler Regularly featured in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and Ranger Rick October 1, 2013 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Public Programs
  • 22. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 23. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 24. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 25. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 26. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 27. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 28. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  • 29. LACS Outreach and STEM •Reach to new subject areas •Unique research experience for selected teachers •Professional development support of educators teaching under-represented populations •Opportunity to align with university campus STEM initiatives •Access to STEM funding for future projects
  • 30. NSF Research Experience for Teachers NetworkNSF Research Experience for Teachers Network NSF RET Grant InformationNSF RET Grant Information
  • 31. Bringing the Tropical Forest to the Urban Classroom RET Panama Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies UW-Milwaukee Julie Kline