Bakken Teacher Academy 2016-17

Invitation to Participate
Science Learning from the Works of Scientists

Learn how to apply your scientific thinking skills to investigate scientific text!

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WHAT:  Science Learning from the Works of Scientists is a year-long professional development program for middle- and high-school science teachers featuring history-of-science resources from The Bakken’s special collections library. The program consists of a four-day summer institute plus workshops during the school year. The summer institute will engage participants in learning about and practicing instructional strategies for using informational text in the science classroom to enhance students’ understanding of science concepts and their scientific thinking and communication skills. During the school year, evening and/or Saturday workshops will support participating teachers in designing, delivering and evaluating a classroom implementation project to explore the impact of their changed instruction on student learning. Participants will share their projects and findings with peers and stakeholders at the end of the program. The program also includes occasional online assignments.
Participants will earn four graduate credits in science education from Hamline University, two each for the summer and school-year components. Participation in both summer and school-year courses is expected.

WHEN:  The 2016 summer program will take place from 8:30am to 3:30pm on Thursday, June 16; Friday, June 17; Monday, June 20; and Tuesday, June 21. School-year meeting dates will be determined with participants during the summer and will likely include both Saturday and evening workshops during the 2016-2017 school year.

WHO:  Grade 6-12 science teachers. Teams of science teachers are especially encouraged to participate.

WHERE:  The Bakken Museum at 3537 Zenith Ave. South in Minneapolis


• $270 stipend ($120 for summer and $150 for school-year).
• 4 graduate credits in science education from Hamline University
(2 for summer course and 2 for school-year course).
• Paid tuition fees.
• Books and other instructional materials.
• Meals and beverages during the summer institute and school-year workshops.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact: Beth Murphy at The Bakken - or 612-926-3878 ext. 205.

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Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the federal Improving Teacher Quality Program of the No Child Left Behind Act administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  The project was financed by $49,639 in federal funds and $26,797 from nonfederal sources.