Instructors from Maryland, California, Colorado and Virginia to spend two weeks in Costa Rica preparing to become better science teachers
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- April 30, 2014 -- Northrop Grumman and Conservation International (CI) today announced the 16 teachers who have been selected to participate in the third ECO Classroom, a unique and innovative professional development program for public middle and high school science teachers. The Northrop Grumman Foundation, in collaboration with CI, created the program which has sent groups of teachers to Costa Rica the last two summers. The program offers teachers supplemental tools and real-world experiences that inspire students to pursue science and technical careers.
It is widely acknowledged among educators and policymakers that insufficient numbers of students are entering into science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. One way to address this issue and emphasize environmental stewardship is to motivate educators to engage students in the sciences and to bring unique learning opportunities into their classrooms with real-world curricula and hands-on experiences such as ECO Classroom.
The ECO Classroom program brings groups of public school teachers from across the United States to CI's Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network's ( www.teamnetwork.org ) Volcan Barva site in La Selva Biological Station and Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica. They participate in field data collection on plant and animal biodiversity, climate and land use using TEAM scientific protocols.
The teachers and schools attending this summer are:
|Team Name||Name||Location||School Name|
|Sound Jose||Ngoc Hoang – team lead||San Jose, CA||Yerba Buena High School|
|Thanh-Lam Nguyen||San Jose, CA||Independence High School|
|Sara Bourbour||San Jose, CA||Santa Teresa High School|
|Chris Smith||San Jose, CA||Piedmont Hills High School|
|Colorado Carbon Crusaders||Erin Zarko – team lead||Durango, CO||Durango High School|
|Danielle Belmont||Durango, CO||Miller Middle School|
|Mark Walser||Durango, CO||Mountain Middle School|
|Jennifer Lavelle||Durango, CO||Escalante Middle School|
|Charm City Chicas||Susan Gottschalk-Yoder – team lead||Baltimore, MD||Stemmers Run Middle School|
|Sara Mullin||Baltimore, MD||Dundalk Middle School|
|Jennifer Greenawalt||Baltimore, MD||Holabird Middle School|
|Anuradha Bajpai||Windsor Mill, MD||Windsor Mill Middle School|
|Los Ecologistas Locos||Jennifer Garcell – team lead||Portsmouth, VA||I.C. Norcom High School|
|Cami Field||Portsmouth, VA||Churchland High School|
|Paul Sarandria||Portsmouth, VA||Woodrow Wilson High School|
|Leslie Bulger||Portsmouth, VA||Churchland Middle School|