Teacher Opportunities

Educator involvement is integral to achievement of the BES mission. Opportunities exist for educators working with students at every stage of learning — K-12, undergraduate, and graduate. Teachers involved in after school, community or summer groups are also welcome to share our resources.

Current Professional Development Opportunities

Baltimore City Schools 2020 Summer Chemistry Academy

Academy Mission:

  • Join a team of fellow colleagues, scientists and educators to engage in 3D learning about Earth science and chemistry.
  • Understand compelling phenomena in the local environment (Urban Heat Island, Mountain Formation, Weathering, Erosion and Deposition).
  • Gain confidence in teaching the High School chemistry curriculum with particular attention to units infused with Earth Space Science content.

When will the Academy take place?

  • June 23rd-June 26th, 2020

What will happen in the Summer Chemistry Academy?

As a participant in the summer workshop, you will receive:

  • A strong foundation in Earth-Chemistry connections.
  • Practice with NGSS approaches to teaching an integrated Earth-chemistry curriculum.
  • Two AUs or Continuing Professional Development Credits for full participation (Pending Approval).
  • Access to a professional community with other teachers, scientists and educators.
  • The tools and confidence to teach the Baltimore City high school chemistry curriculum.

To Apply, click on this LINK

Watersheds, Runoff & Flooding in Baltimore

A one-day workshop for high school teachers

Earth, environmental and computer science teachers are invited to learn about the Comp Hydro curriculum that integrates hands-on investigations and computational modeling in learning about water in the local environment.

In the workshop you will:

  1. Learn about pathways of surface water runoff, groundwater and flooding using physical and computational models
  2. Develop strategies for NGSS-aligned 3D teaching about real-world water phenomena
    • science practices – modeling, investigating, data sense making
    • disciplinary ideas in Earth and environmental science
    • cross-cutting concepts – systems and scale
  3. Explore student thinking and learning about local flooding issues
  4. Practice the lab and field exercises, data collection techniques and using computer models integral to the Comp Hydro curriculum
  5. Plan for implementing the curriculum in your classroom

Workshop Leaders:

Educators and scientists from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


April 18th, 2020 (9am-4pm)


University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Technology Research Center, room 206.


5200 Westland Blvd, Arbutus, MD 21227

Participating Teachers receive:

  • A stipend of $100 for their full workshop participation and completion of end of school year survey.
  • A Comp Hydro supply kit (1 per school) valued at $100.

Our workshop is currently full.  Please check back for future opportunities. 

Questions?  Contact Bess Caplan at CaplanB@Caryinstitute.org

Past Professional Development Opportunities

Maryland’s Changing Hydrology Summer Workshop – July 17-20, 2017 8:30am-4pm daily

Baltimore Ecosystem Study educators and scientists explored the big ideas in watershed science in the urban ecosystems of Baltimore. Teachers learned about water flow, quality and stream biodiversity through inquiry-based projects in the field and classroom. Delved into pathways of student thinking and learning about environmental science. Explored mathematical modeling and computational thinking. Received curriculum materials and other teaching resources. Two MSDE CPD credits were provided to teachers completing the course.

Pharmaceuticals in Streams with special guest, Dr. Emma Rosi – March 26, 2017

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study hosted a one day workshop for middle and high school teachers on the topic of Pharmaceuticals in Streams. Renown ecologist, Dr. Emma Rosi joined with BES educators to bring an exciting, educational and innovative workshop to Baltimore. Participants delved into topics in environmental science including stream health, urban hydrology, and freshwater systems. We explored Dr. Rosi’s latest research highlighting pharmaceuticals found in streams in Baltimore.

Urban Tree Education Project

The Urban Tree Education Project (U-TEP) is a week-long professional development program for middle and high school teachers to increase teacher knowledge, understanding and skills for collecting long-term data on and teaching about trees as critical components of urban ecosystems. Course content includes:

  • Strategies for increasing comfort and confidence in using the schoolyard in your teaching
  • Practice conducting a series of investigations including protocols on tree species composition, transpiration, decomposition, herbivory and phenology
  • Data analysis using the i-Tree model

U-TEP is open to middle and high school teachers (elementary school teams of teachers will be considered) from the Baltimore region and across all disciplines. We strongly encourage teams of teachers from the same school to apply to the program. Baltimore City Public School teacher participants are eligible for AU credits. Participants from other school systems are eligible for a small stipend upon completion of the course.

Urban Ecosystem Teacher Institute

Our Urban Ecosystem Teacher Institute brings together dedicated middle and high school teachers from the Baltimore Region together with BES educators and scientists in an exciting year long program. Teachers from all disciplines are welcome to join us as we delve into environmental and social science topics including: an exploration of the big ideas in environmental science in the urban ecosystems of Baltimore; instruction on carbon cycling and climate change, water flow and quality, biodiversity, and environmental history and justice through inquiry-based projects in the field and classroom; practice with inquiry and culturally relevant teaching; and a look at pathways of student thinking and learning about environmental science.

Research Experiences for Teachers

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Fellowship program invites teachers to join our unique research and education community to carry out an independent research project, participate in teacher workshops, and develop plans to implement teaching materials during the school year. RET Fellows work one-on-one with a scientist conducting original ecological research and developing corresponding lessons for classroom implementation. The Teacher Fellow builds on his/her expertise in urban ecology education by working with scientists and educators in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. As a focal point for professional development, the Fellow creates a unit that engages K-12 students in some aspect of the long-term ecological research in and about the Baltimore urban ecosystem. Past RET Projects