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Thursday, May 18 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
D-05: Symposium: Professional development and curricular resources

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Professional Development and Curricular Resources: What Approaches Best Support K-12 Teachers in Facilitating Student Inquiry Through Citizen Science?
Organizer: Nancy Trautmann
Implementation of citizen science in school settings offers potential rewards to students, teachers, and scientists. Related lesson plans are proliferating, and increasing numbers of projects are holding workshops for teachers. In spite of these resources and opportunities, many teachers are not yet aware of the potential offered by citizen science or do not feel prepared to facilitate participation by their students. When K-12 students do engage in citizen science, their involvement often is limited to data collection. As a result, they miss out on opportunities to pose research questions, engage in scientific argument, analyze data, and interpret results within the context of data collected by others. This symposium will address three key questions addressing these challenges: 1) How can we inspire teachers to engage their students in citizen science? 2) What types of curricular resources and professional development opportunities are proving effective in helping teachers to involve their students in the full range of science practices rather than stopping with data collection? and 3) What challenges remain that we can address across the field? A panel of five educators representing a diverse range of approaches will share experiences related to these three questions. Emphasis will be placed on insights and lessons learned for use by people interested in creating new curriculum and professional development opportunities, or in selecting from among those that already exist. The session will conclude with a discussion focusing on challenges, opportunities, and questions worthy of investigation by both practitioners and researchers.

PRESENTATIONS:

Citizen Science Provides Context for K-12 Science Investigations – Insights from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdSleuth Program
Jennifer Fee, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Curating and Co-creating Citizen Science Lesson Plans -- Insights from North Carolina State University's Students Discover Project
Leonora Shell, StudentsDiscover.org - Your Wild Life - North Carolina State University

Curriculum, Professional Development, and Citizen Science Woven Together to Support Teachers and Students - Insights from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Vital Signs program
Christine Voyer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Fostering Meaningful Dialogue in Student-Teacher-Scientist Research Partnerships -  Insights from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Cat Stylinski, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Three Steps to Using Citizen Science as a Springboard for Classroom Investigations: Insights from the University of Minnesota's Driven to Discover Program
Sarah Weaver, University of Minnesota


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Meeting Rooms 10, 11 & 12

Attendees (45)