The study of ecology connects several K-12 science disciplines, providing relevance and meaning for K-12 students, through opportunities for inquiry and project-based learning. The recently published Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) guide K-12 education towards an integrated approach to science teaching with meaningful learning experiences, making Ecology the perfect vehicle for learning science. By aligning our K-12 materials with NGSS we can increase access and authority for K-12 teachers in using current ecological research.
Our workshop will bring together teachers who have participated in the LTER research experience for teachers (RET) and current ecological researchers. RETs will share their experiences in learning field-based science and how they applied this understanding of research to their teaching. Scientists can share their experiences and translating their work to K-12 resources and then break out groups will be formed partnering K-12 educators and scientists. These groups will then review sample ecology-based science lessons using the EQuIP rubric and, time permitting work on generating novel educational classroom activities based on research findings.