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About the Professional Development Program

2007 Professional Development Program Brochure

The 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. Participants in the PDP attend a 5-day teaching workshop held each spring. They work on a design team during and after the workshop, continue developing skills through mini-workshops and expert consultation, and put their new teaching skills into practice. The practical teaching experience takes place in one of CfAO's educational programs or courses, acting as a "teaching lab" for PDP participants. PDP participants leave the program as highly trained, innovative, and reflective scientist educators. They are well prepared for an academic position, as well as a wide range of other careers in science or science education.

Program Information & Expectations
The 2007 PDP has a one-year participation cycle that is roughly equivalent to completing a course, but spread out over approximately 6-12 months. The workshop is held March 2-6, 2007, but after the workshop, participants schedule remaining activities to work within their own schedule. The timeline is as follows:

  • November 1, 2006 - Applications Due
  • December 1, 2006 - Notification of Acceptance
  • January-February, 2007 - Attend a few meetings to learn about teaching opportunities. Some pre-workshop reading.
  • March 2-6, 2007 - Attend workshop. All workshop sessions required (full-time commitment during workshop).
  • Spring/Summer - Work on design team (total time varies)
  • Spring/Summer - Teaching experience (total teaching time 1 day to full course, dependent on your choice)
  • Summer/Fall - Self-assessment and reflection (what worked; what didn’t; why). Submit Design & Teaching Report (2-3 pages, template provided).

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.

Inquiry Intensive
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.

Hawaii Partnerships
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, hunter@ucolick.org, (831) 459-2416.

Last Modified: Sep 20, 2006 

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