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

Integrating Chemistry and Earth science (ICE)

Baltimore City Schools 2020-2021 Earth-Chem Happy Hours

Join fellow Baltimore City chemistry teachers, chemistry and Earth science specialists, curriculum writers and education experts for our Earth-Chemistry Happy Hours!

When will the Happy Hours take place?

  • Most Thursdays from 4:00pm-4:45pm (first session will take place September 17th)

As a participant in the Happy Hours you will:

  • Learn from topic specialists and Chemistry curriculum specialists.
  • Discuss City Schools’ Chemistry distance learning activities.
  • Ask questions and collaborate with your colleagues on distance teaching strategies.
  • Receive support on using distance learning platforms.

To receive updates about the Happy Hours, fill out the form HERE

Happy Hours are brought you by the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Education Team and their partners at Baltimore City Public Schools and George Washington University.


Baltimore City Schools 2020-2021 Chemistry Teacher Fellowship

Now in it’s fourth year, the Integrating Chemistry and Earth science (ICE) project is recruiting its second cohort of Teacher Fellows.  Fellows agree to participate in our after school virtual learning program, assist our researchers with student and teacher data collection and commit to high fidelity implementation of the chemistry curriculum (particularly units 6 and 7).

Benefits from being a Teacher Fellow:

  • Receive an hourly rate of $30 for professional development participation
  • Participate in monthly ICE after school meetings during the 20 20 20 21 school year (1 ½ hours per session)
    • Tentative Fall Dates:  September 24, October 15, November 19, December 17
    • Spring Dates: TBD
  • Receive $200 for end of year submission of student data, artifacts, surveys, and interviews.
  • Receive support from ICE staff and City Schools while teaching the ICE lessons during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Participate in research about your experiences using the lessons (online assessments and interviews).
  • Be part of a professional community with other teachers, scientists, and educators.

To Apply, complete the application HERE.  Applications accepted until all spots are filled.


Past Professional Development Opportunities


Baltimore City Schools 2020 Summer Chemistry Academy, June 24-26th and June 29-30th

Baltimore City High School chemistry teachers participated in a six day workshop designed to enhance their comfort and experience implementing the high school chemistry curriculum. The workshop was run by Baltimore Ecosystem Study and Cary Institute educators, science education experts from Baltimore City Public Schools and education researchers from the George Washington University.  The Academy featured specials guests with expertise in various areas of the integrated Earth-chemistry discipline.  Major topics included ocean acidification, Urban Heat Island and Thermochemistry, mountain formation and weathering/erosion/deposition.

Workshop participants received:

  • A strong foundation in Earth-Chemistry connections.
  • Practice with NGSS approaches to teaching an integrated Earth-chemistry curriculum.
  • Access to a professional community with other teachers, scientists and educators.
  • The tools and confidence to teach the Baltimore City high school chemistry curriculum with particular attention to units infused with Earth science content.
  • Two AUs for full participation.

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Watersheds, Runoff & Flooding in Baltimore, April 18, 2020, 9am-4pm

Earth, environmental and computer science teachers participated in a one day program to learn about the Comp Hydro curriculum, an innovative, hands-on curriculum that integrates investigations and computational modeling to learn about water in the local environment. The workshop was lead by educators and scientists from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.  Participants received a stipend for their participation and a  Comp Hydro supply kit.

Workshop participants:

  1. Learned about pathways of surface water runoff, groundwater and flooding using physical and computational models
  2. Developed 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. Explored student thinking and learning about local flooding issues
  4. Practiced the lab and field exercises, data collection techniques and using computer models integral to the Comp Hydro curriculum
  5. Planned for implementing the curriculum in your classroom

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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. Click HERE for Past RET Projects