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Continuing Education

Space Science Essentials for Teachers Across Content Areas: Engaging and Inspiring Diverse Classrooms

Date: 8:00am - 4:00pm PDT June 17, 2019 Location: Wilson High School, 238 Science Lab

Wilson High School, 238 Science Lab

Space Science includes the classical field of astronomy, but also astrophysics, cosmology, rocketry, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and more. It is a field that captures the attention and enthusiasm of students of all ages.

Science educators face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching such a dynamic and constantly changing field. And they need to challenge, dazzle, and inspire a generation that has ‘seen it all’ on a little screen.

Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and group discussion, this two-day course will provide key ideas in space science, 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.

Past participants in this workshop have come from a broad range of grade levels, teaching disciplines, and from all over the curricular map. A specific effort will be made to poll participants and craft the workshop to meet the specific needs of the teachers. This workshop is never exactly the same twice, and some teachers have even taken it more than once.

“Joe Minato is one of the most incredible teachers, thinkers, humans, “curiosity proponents”, and student-centered advocates that I have ever worked with.” - Peyton Chapman, Principal, Lincoln High School

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18, 2019, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Instructor: Joe Minato, MTE

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED-866-43, 1 semester hour, $350 Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $250, includes 14 PDUs or Washington Clock Hours, Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

This workshop will be hands-on with participants taking home a variety of resources that they build during the workshop. All materials will be provided. There is a fee of $25 payable to Wilson High School.


About the Presenter

Joseph Minato, MTE is a science teacher with a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MTE in science education. He presently teaches at Wilson High School as well as leading teacher workshops through the Center for Community Engagement at the 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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