OLCG Summer Institute for Teachers, 31 July-11 August 2000

29 March 2000

Those interested in enrolling in the Summer Institute for Teachers,
"Observing Locally, Connecting Globally" (OLCG), should return the
application contained in this message to Elena Sparrow, ffebs@uaf.edu by
1 May 2000.

Observing Locally, Connecting Globally
Summer Institute for Educators

July 31 - Aug 11, 2000

Observing Locally, Connecting Globally (OLCG) is a long-term NSF-funded
science education project based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
(UAF). We invite you to participate in our first summer institute to be
held at UAF from July 31 to August 11, 2000. Participants will receive
training in GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the
Environment), current best practices in science education, and the
integration of local/traditional knowledge into environmental studies.

The goal of this program is to support and enhance original global change
research generated by students doing local investigations in classrooms
across Alaska. These research studies will be supported by the integration
of Native and locally relevant knowledge, as well as community and
university scientists.

Anyone working with students is welcome. We are especially encouraging
teams, educators from rural Alaska, and educators working with a large
number of Native students.

Cost: $75 (subsidized by the National Science Foundation)
Travel assistance and per diem available on an application

Credit: 3 credits, NRM 595 or ED 595
Instructors: Dr. Elena Sparrow, Dr. Leslie Gordon, Sidney Stephens

Fill out attached application and return by May 1, 2000
Please return application to:

Elena Sparrow
303 O'Neill Building
PO Box 757200
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7200
(907) 474-7699
FAX (907) 474-6461

Observing Locally, Connecting Globally Program
Summer Institute for Teachers 2000/2001

I would like to participate in the Local Observations - Global Connections
program and agree to the following:

How I will benefit/what I will receive:
* Travel assistance and per diem are available on an application basis.
Priority will be given to applications from rural areas or who work with
a large number of Native students
* One GLOBE kit
* Two week summer institute on GLOBE and best practices in science
education (July 31 - August 11)
* Three graduate credits from UAF (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
* Follow up support through emails, audio conferences and regional meetings
* Stipend ($500 for 2000-2001 and $500 for 2001-2002)
* Guidance in process-based instruction and authentic assessment
* Guidance in integrating local/cultural knowledge into global change
* Assistance in establishing partnerships with Native experts
* Assistance in establishing partnerships with science professionals

What is expected from me:
* Attendance and active participation at OLCG Summer Institute
(July 31 - August 11)
* "Implement" at least one strand of GLOBE with the students (submitting
data to the GLOBE website) for a period of at least two years
* Develop a unit of my choice during the Institute which integrates GLOBE
and builds on local knowledge and experience to support and extend
studies of global change
* To the best of my ability, collaborate and share materials and ideas with
other teachers in the OLCG Program and other teachers at my school.
* Submit my reflections on "how it's going" in journal entries that will be
collected at least once a month

I understand that it will be my responsibility to replace any GLOBE
equipment if it is broken, stolen, or lost. OLCG CANNOT buy any supplies
for teachers.

Email address:
Grade level:
Home address:
Home phone:
School phone:
School address:

Student population:
% African
% AK Native
% Asian
% Spanish Speaking
% Other

Please return by May 1, 2000 to:

Elena Sparrow
303 O'Neill Building
PO Box 757200
University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK 99775-7200

Please answer the following questions clearly and with as much detail as
possible, using another page if you need more room. Proposals need to be
returned by May 1, 2000 to Elena Sparrow (address above)

* What skills, ideas, and insights would you bring to the OLCG program?

* What skills, ideas, and insights do you hope to gain from the OLCG

* What ideas do you have in sharing the understandings you gain from the
OLCG program with other people in your school and community?

* Scientists and Native elders can do more than just visit classrooms to
give talks about their work. What ideas do you have on how to involve a
partner Native expert or scientist in your classroom?