It includes a one-week summer institute and academic-year online discussion forums, and features a variety of proven techniques for effective teaching, including inquiry-based teaching, cooperative learning, and methods for formative assessment of student learning. Participants will be expected to use selected materials in their classrooms and also to aid in the dissemination program.

Features of the program include:

- 12-16 July 2010 at UMass Amherst plus academic year online
- Housing (air conditioned single dorm rooms, 10 minutes away),
meals, and travel costs for teachers outside the commuting area;
- $75/day stipends ($375 total);
- Funds to attend conferences for dissemination;
- 3 graduate credits available at reduced cost and free professional
development points (PDPs); and
- Ongoing partnerships with UMass faculty.

The summer institute will focus on current science research in the polar regions, and making connections to the science curriculum within participating teachers' regions. It will address the rapid changes occurring in the physical environment, the corresponding impact on the biosphere, and the history and politics of the polar regions. During the institute, participants will preview the curriculum units provided and draft a plan for incorporating materials into their classroom instruction and commit to dissemination within their district and at least one regional venue. They will complete their plans in the fall, using the online discussion forums to facilitate collaborative efforts among participants and UMass faculty.

Three graduate credits will be available for the institute and curriculum unit; the cost will be $300 plus a $45 registration fee.
PDP's will be available at no cost for those who do not want graduate credits. The stipend for the summer workshop is $375. Housing and meals will be provided for those who live outside the commuting area, along with travel costs for attending the workshop. Participants will receive various materials plus a materials budget as well as funds to support the dissemination efforts.

To apply, teachers should prepare a narrative statement of how they plan to use the information from this institute within their classroom and their plans to disseminate the study of polar regions within their school, school district and a wider region within their geographic area.
Include a specific regional venue that you plan to attend for dissemination of the information gained during the institute. You must also include a recent resume and a letter of support from your school principal or superintendent. The application package can be submitted by email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Applications are due 1 April 2010. Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

More information and application forms are available at:

Or contact:
Phone: 413-545-0734