Who can participate?
CfAO graduate students and postdocs
CILS Science Fellows
Graduate students in science or engineering fields who can make a commitment to teaching in a CfAO project
Educators involved in CfAO-affiliated education projects
What is the cost to participate in the PDP?
For most people there is no cost, but there is a “service” requirement that all participants teach in a CfAO, or affiliated, project. Teaching commitments range from 1-day activities to full courses, depending upon your interests and availability. The program does not provide any salary for teaching time, although in some cases other sources cover this cost. Small grants are available for participation in the PDP, including workshop fees and the cost of airfare, local transportation, hotel and meals.
What will I gain from participating in the program for a 2nd or 3rd time?
Participants are encouraged to attend for a second, third or even fourth year, with an increasing role in workshop leadership. To facilitate the varied levels and interests of returning participants, we have developed a number of roles you may request [http://cfao.ucolick.org/EO/PDWorkshop/roles.php]. Depending upon your role placement, you may gain experience in facilitating inquiries, shadowing a facilitator, leading a discussion, assessment, or other new roles defined each year. Returning students are strongly encouraged to become Design Team Leaders, leading a small group of workshop participants in the design or refinement of a CfAO educational project.
Why is the workshop held in Hawaii?
The CfAO is involved in a range of research and technology projects that include astronomy, physics, mathematics, engineering, and vision science. Our astronomical advances, and the technology development that supports the science, rely heavily on the resources of the state of Hawaii. The summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala are the sites of many of our nation’s premier telescopes, and plans for the development of new astronomical instrumentation for these telescopes make the continued use of these sites critically important. The CfAO is committed to increasing access for Hawaiians to the technical workforce related to telescopes.
After the workshop, can my “teaching experience” be in a non-CfAO project?
Teaching in a CfAO project offers many advantages, so participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the supportive, accessible teaching venues offered through the CfAO. However, if you have an alternate place to teach, please contact us. We are open to ideas and interested in learning about your teaching opportunities.
About the Workshop
Description of Workshop
This workshop is a unique five-day experience that is offered each year to CfAO graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and others involved in CfAO educational activities. The workshop consists of a set of integrated components: 1) training in inquiry-based learning; 2) visits to technical facilities; 3) partnership building; and 4) design of instructional materials. Participants are encouraged to return for multiple years with an increasing role in workshop leadership.
A major portion of the workshop is dedicated to an "inquiry intensive," which provides workshop participants with the tools necessary to incorporate inquiry-based teaching strategies into their science teaching. Inquiry is a teaching strategy called for in many recent national studies and reports, and the National Science Standards, making it an essential tool for future faculty members in the sciences and engineering. For a description of inquiry, see: http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/about/inquiry.html. Participants will experience learning through inquiry first hand, then move through a set of activities that develop the skills necessary to design and teach inquiry based instructional activities. As a final outcome of the workshop, participants will gain the skills necessary to teach science using inquiry, and will be part of a design team that develops and implements instructional material for CfAO's high school and undergraduate teaching activities. The integration of this workshop with other CfAO education programs creates a dynamic teaching "laboratory" that gives participants an authentic and intensive teaching experience.
The inquiry component of the workshop was developed as a collaboration between the Exploratorium, UCSC Education Department, and the CfAO, specifically for CfAO graduate students and postdocs. Barry Kluger-Bell (Exploratorium) is the CfAO principal investigator leading the inquiry portions of this workshop. He works with Candice Brown (UCSC Education Department) and Lisa Hunter (CfAO/UCSC) in developing and leading workshop components.
The CfAO is involved in a range of research and technology projects that include astronomy, physics, mathematics, engineering, and vision science. Our astronomical advances, and the technology development that supports the science, relies heavily on the resources of the state of Hawaii. The summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala are the sites of many of our nations most powerful telescopes, and plans for the development of new instrumentation for these telescopes, make the continued use of these sites critical to the field of astronomy. The CfAO is committed to building partnerships in Hawaii and contributing to an informed community. A major goal of these partnerships and community activities is to increase the participation of Native Hawaiians in astronomy and the technology that enables astronomical research.
On the island of Maui, the CfAO is working closely with Maui Community College, the Maui Economic Development Board, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory AMOS facility, and many of the federal contractors and organizations that support and advance the technology essential to the facilities on Haleakala. To further these partnerships, the CfAO hosts an event that brings together the technical, scientific and educational communities of Hawaii. The Maui Science and Technology Education Exchange (MSTEE) brings together the CfAO with the Hawaii education and technical community to exchange information on science and technology education.
For Information About the Professional Development Program or Workshop Please Contact: Lisa Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org, (831) 459-2416.