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Webinar: NASA’s Aquarius Studies Our Salty Seas

Educator Webinars
January 17, 2012 at 7pm ET
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Tuesday, January 17th, NASA scientists Gary Lagerloef and David Le Vine will kick off a two-part webinar series focusing on never-before-seen discoveries by the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission. By measuring our salty seas, Aquarius sheds light on the inner workings of ocean circulation as well as providing more insight into global system processes such as climate. The 90-minute webinar for educators will reveal some of the complexities of getting accurate salinity measurements from space, as well as the many challenges that have been addressed throughout the history of the Aquarius mission.

As part of each interactive webinar, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session with the presenting scientists. The concept map-based webinars will also provide participants with a rich collection of educational resources relating to Aquarius, salinity and technology.

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

Register now to attend this webinar series. Signing up will provide you with the needed login information to attend the live webinars, and also to be notified when webinars are archived online after the live presentation (in the event that you cannot attend the live webinar).

For more information about the webinar series, visit email Annette deCharon at annette.decharon@maine.edur.


Green Teacher Celebrates 20 Years with Fall Issue and Webinar

The Green Teacher Fall issue, “Navigating the Climate Crisis,” marks a 20-year milestone since the first issue of Green Teacher was published in 1991. Editor Tim Grant reflects on how EE has changed over the last 20 years, and looks forward with hope for the future. The issue is filled with articles on a wide number of topics—from helping children come to grips with the current realities of climate change, to innovative strategies for successful outdoor field trips, to helping students anticipate and shape the future, and much more.


Sustainable Happiness, Hope & Resiliency
December 5, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, ET
Join Catherine O’Brien and Elin Kelsey for an inspiring conversation about sustainable happiness, hope, and resiliency. In the Summer 2011 issue of Green Teacher, Catherine, and Elin introduced these concepts and why it’s so important to move beyond “gloom and doom.” After short presentations, they will share some of the ways they are seeing this work moving out in the world so that participants can start to think of implications for their personal and professional life.

Outdoor Teaching Mistakes
December 7, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, ET
Presented by Brad Daniel, Professor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies at Montreat College. This webinar will help participants become better outdoor educators by presenting and discussing a variety of mistakes made by those who teach in the outdoors. After a short video illustrating many of these mistakes, a comprehensive list will be compiled and solutions to each one will be presented and discussed.


Building Evaluation Capacity Workshop

The Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG) at Lesley University presents:

Building Evaluation Capacity

A workshop series designed to:

• Build your understanding of program evaluation;
• Expand your professional toolbox with practical suggestions and techniques you can use in your organization;
• Create useful evaluation questions, and an overall plan that meets your program’s needs;
• Develop effective data collection strategies;
• Analyze your data and learn how to use your findings to strengthen your program;
• Develop your own capacity to conduct internal evaluations with guidance from PERG’s experienced evaluators.

Three Fridays: December 9, 2011
and February 10 and May 11, 2012: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
at Lesley University’s Porter Square campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cost: $175/session, $475 for full workshop series

To Register/For more information: Contact Judah Leblang, PERG Senior Research Associate at 617-349-8661 or

Lunch will be provided

BEC-Lesley flier(docx)


CLEAN Pathway Project Interactive Webinar

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Pathway project ( is pleased to announce the third in our 2011-2012 professional development series of 2-hour interactive webinars to support secondary teachers who teach about climate and energy.

For middle and high school teachers, join us for a two hour interactive webinar on Tuesday, November 15th: “Teaching About Climate Literacy Essential Principle #3: Life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate”, with content focused on the biosphere as a major driver of the carbon cycle and how changes in the carbon cycle impact ecosystems. Presenters will address key science concepts that are particularly difficult for students to understand, highlight common student misconceptions, and suggest ways to approach them in your teaching. Participants will also explore and discuss resources in the the CLEAN collection that speak to these difficult concepts.

Time – 4-6 pm Pacific | 5-7 pm Mountain | 6-8 pm Central | 7-9 pm Eastern. This event is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required. For details about this event and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Marian Grogan at .


COSEE-TEK Announces Professional Development Institute for Educators

The Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence – Technology and Engineering for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK) announces a Professional Development Institute for Educators.

COSEE-TEK’s Teacher Ocean Technology Institute will be held at the University of Connecticut – Avery Point Campus, in Groton, CT on November 11-12, 2011. Lodging and meals will be provided as part of the institute.

COSEE-TEK is seeking teachers and informal educators to engage with their peers, scientists, graduate students and technicians to learn about ocean science technologies.

Interested educators should return the attached application or visit for more information.

TOTI Application Form [PDF]