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2009 ISEE/CfAO Professional Development Program

The ISEE/CfAO Professional Development Program (PDP) is a flexible, multi-year program for scientists and engineers at the early stages of their careers, with a primary focus on graduate students. Particpants receive training through workshops, work on a design team beofre and after workshops, continue developing their skills through mini-workshops and expert consultation, and then put their new teaching skills into practice. The practical teaching experience takes place in “teaching labs” — PDP-affiliated educational programs or courses. PDP participants leave the program as well-trained, innovative, and reflective scientist-educators and engineer-educators.

The 2009 PDP will include:

Participation in the full PDP is an approximately one-year cycle that is roughly equivalent in effort to completing a course. The specific path and timeline for participants depends on whether they have participated in a past cycle of the PDP:

Dates and Deadlines
For 1st-time participants For returning participants
  • December 3, 2008 - Registration deadline for Re-SELT
  • December 15, 2008 - Notification of Re-SELT status
  • January 10, 2009 - Re-SELT at the IfA in Pukalani, 10:30am-6:30pm
  • January 16, 2009 - Re-SELT at the University Center at UC Santa Cruz, 9:30am-5:30pm
  • January 23, 2009 - Application deadline for further full participation in the PDP
  • February 6, 2009 - Notification of PDP status
  • February 6, 2009 - Registration deadline for 2/20 Re-SELT
  • February 20, 2009 - Re-SELT at the University Center at UC Santa Cruz, 9:30am-5:30pm
  • May 8-12, 2009 - I-SELT on Maui
  • spring/summer - Join a design team to design an inquiry activity
  • summer - facilitation and final planning workshops, both Hawaii and Santa Cruz locations
  • summer/fall - You and your team teach your design and reflect on the experience
  • December 15, 2008 - Application deadline to return to the PDP
  • February 6, 2009 - Notification of PDP status
  • April (3), 4, 2009 - Advancing Inquiry & the PDP Community - new day (April 4) of workshops for returning participants. Optional, April 3 includes tours and participation in a UCSC ISEE/PDP symposium.
  • May 8-12, 2009 - I-SELT on Maui
  • spring/summer - Join (and/or lead) a design team to design an inquiry activity
  • summer - facilitation and final planning workshops, both Hawaii and Santa Cruz locations
  • summer/fall - You and your team teach your design and reflect on the experience

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?
Our highest priorities are for early-career scientists and engineers who match well with our currently-funded projects and affiliated teaching venues. With that in mind, we need to give priority to:
  UCSC graduate students and postdocs from the Physical and Biological Sciences and from the School of Engineering
  UH graduate students and postdocs affiliated with the Institute for Astronomy, physics, and engineering
  Participants in the Akamai Workforce Initiative
  Other educators involved in PDP-affiliated education projects
  Other participants on a case-by-case basis — despite the above priorities, don't hesitate to ask!

What is the cost to participate in the PDP?
PDP workshops all have a registration fee, which is often waived in exchange for teaching service. The registration fees are as follows:
            Re-SELT - $150
            new returning-participant "Advancing" workshop - $225
            I-SELT - $1500
            1 day faciliation and planning workshops - $100

For many people there is no cost for the PDP, but there is a service requirement that all participants teach in a PDP-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 to cover the costs of participation in the PDP, including workshop fees and the cost of airfare, local transportation, hotel and meals. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to find funding, or partial funding, from other sources. Everything you need to apply to the program, fee waivers, and travel awards is included on PDP application documents.

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. Different workshops are offered to returning participants to build additional skills, discuss additional topics, and develop leadership within the PDP community. To facilitate the varied levels and interests of returning participants, we have developed and continue to develop a number of roles. These have included 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 PDP-affiliated educational project.

Why is much of the PDP held in Hawaii?
The PDP was originally developed by the CfAO. 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 CfAO is committed to increasing access for Hawaiians to the technical workforce related to telescopes, and to the development of high quality educational experiences for local students. The PDP is designed to support the development of science and technology experiences that engage all students, and increase access to the technical fields to all members of the community.

After the workshop, can my “teaching experience” be in a non-CfAO / non-PDP project?
Teaching in a PDP-affiliated project offers many advantages, so participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the supportive, accessible teaching venues offered. 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.

For Information About the Professional Development Program Please Contact: Lisa Hunter, hunter@ucolick.org, 831-459-2416, 808-573-9542.

Last Modified: Jan 22, 2009 

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