Integrating Best Practices in Secondary School Science

We are pleased to offer two free workshops for teachers this summer at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Both offer stipends for participation.  Please consider applying and help to spread the word!

Got Milkweed? Collecting Data to Inform Our Response to the Monarch Population Decline.  August 2-3, 2016
Monarch caterpillars only eat one kind of plant-milkweed. As monarch butterfly populations are declining, what is important to understand about this food source? This workshop introduces participants to a new distributed research project designed to help students understand evolution and ecology through inquiry while simultaneously gathering data to answer important scientific questions, such as: “What should we do to slow the decline of the monarch butterfly populations?” and  “Does the origin of milkweed seeds affect their growth?”  Learning opportunities align well with Life Science Next Generation Science Standards at both middle and high school levels. The project requires a one-time collection of common milkweed seeds from a naturally occurring (not planted) local population, space in which to plant about 16 milkweed plants, and a commitment to work with students annually to follow specific protocols for data collection in the spring and fall for multiple years. $200 stipend for participation.

Tackling Challenges in Middle School Science.  August 3-5, 2016
What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your teaching?  Come together with other middle school teachers to share ideas and workshop a lesson or series of lessons that you’d like to improve.  Learn about reading and data analysis strategies to incorporate into your teaching, and get new ideas from disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and researchers.  Spend time integrating what you have learned into your plans for the future. $300 stipend for participation.

We invite applications to one or both workshops, and we encourage groups of teachers from the same school or district to apply.  Teachers who participate in both workshops will receive a maximum $400 stipend.  Additional funds are available to support travel and lodging for teachers who live more than 50 miles from St. Olaf College, to support purchase of supplies necessary to implement school-based projects, and for participation in follow up activities during the school year

Apply now:  Got Milkweed Application; Tackling Challenges Application

For more information: Please visit this link for more information.  If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Emily Mohl at