HAYS, KS -- Area teachers have a last chance to join a 35-hour professional development workshop supported by the Fort Hays State University College of Education, the Fort Hays Educational Development Center and the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
The Fostering Inquiry-based Natural Discovery Science (F.I.N.D.S.) workshop will take place July 30-Aug. 3, 2001, and openings for six teams are available. The overall goal is to enhance the learning of science, mathematics, technology and reading skills of students reached by the teachers attending the workshop.
Participants will receive instruction that will improve their teaching skills and especially enrich the quality of their natural science instruction and much more. The participants will implement and reinforce these skills by creating discovery units for use in their classrooms. Two 3-hour follow-up sessions will be held, via on-campus and distance learning, during the succeeding school year.
The participants will meet for an additional five-day session at the museum in July 2002 to evaluate classroom utility of materials created earlier and develop additional materials and create presentations for the building/district inservices and the Kansas Association of Teachers Science conference.
The F.I.N.D.S. professional development grant has received funding for the 2001 year. With national funding from the Eisenhower Project, subsequent funding should result for 2002. Participating teachers will receive a $100 stipend and $75 in materials for their discovery units per year. They will also receive room and board during the workshops, technology equipment and partial payments of fees to the 2002 Kansas Association of Teachers of Science (KATS) conference in April 2002.
For more information on the requirements of the participants, registration forms or questions contact the F.I.N.D.S. Web site http://web.fhsu.edu/finds/index.asp or Dr. Germaine Taggart, assistant professor of teacher education, by phone at (785) 628-5847.