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Continuing Education

Earth and Space Science Essentials for the Middle School Teacher

Date: 9:00am PDT July 5, 2016 Location: Rogers Hall, Room 108

Rogers Hall, Room 108

Middle grades science teachers face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching such a dynamic and constantly changing field. From anatomy to zoology, astronomy to physics, it can be difficult for teachers to keep up-to-date with a single topic, let alone the full scientific spectrum.

Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and full/small group discussion, these two-day courses will provide key ideas in earth and space science for middle grade levels, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential classroom equipment, safety training and Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Tuesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 7, 2016

Time: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Instructor: Joe Minato, M.T.E.

Continuing education credit: CESI 866-02, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Materials Fee (payable on first day of class): $25

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs.

Student: $100 (in addition to materials fee). Please contact to register.

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About the Instructor

Joseph Minato, M.T.E. is a science teacher with a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.T.E. in science education. He presently teaches at Lincoln High School and in the M.A.T. program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT.

While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.

Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.

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