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Bringing the Tropical Forest to the Urban Classroom

  1. 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. 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. 3. Photo credit: Christian ZieglerBarro Colorado Island, Panama
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. Meet the Smithsonian Scientist Stefan Schnitzer
  8. 8. •Website •Classroom activities / supplemental materials •Photos •Video •Teacher blogs •Conference presentations •Teacher workshops •Public programs
  9. 9. Website
  10. 10. Photos A Walk on BCIA Walk on BCI
  11. 11. Brief video clips with scientists
  12. 12. Mariah Hopkins: What questions are you trying to answer with y
  13. 13. Lilián Alba (Colombia): full interview
  14. 14. Beck Wehrle: What observations are you making in the field?
  15. 15. Brian Sedio: What tools do you use in your research?
  16. 16. Navasha Singh: Why Science?
  17. 17. Teacher Blogs
  18. 18. Classroom Activities
  19. 19. Conference Presentations National Science Teachers Association Indianapolis March 2012 Presenter(s): Sarah Oszuscik and Dana Thome (La Escuela Fratney)
  20. 20. Workshops
  21. 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. 22. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  23. 23. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  24. 24. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  25. 25. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  26. 26. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  27. 27. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  28. 28. Photo credit: Christian Ziegler
  29. 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. 30. NSF Research Experience for Teachers NetworkNSF Research Experience for Teachers Network NSF RET Grant InformationNSF RET Grant Information
  31. 31. Bringing the Tropical Forest to the Urban Classroom RET Panama Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies UW-Milwaukee Julie Kline