Educational opportunity for 6-8th grade science teachers

Sixth through eighth grade science teachers are invited to participate in an exciting educational opportunity offered by SkyDay.

Who is Sky Day?

SkyDay is a Chicago based team of scientists, NGSS specialists and artists – even an astronaut – and our mission is to give you free, high quality environmental science units that boost learning in the classroom and give your students the skills to better understand and respond to our changing environment.

What is the opportunity?

We are currently testing the effectiveness of a high quality five lesson NGSS curriculum piece for grades 6-8 called What is Happening to the Rusty Patched Bumblebee?. Did you know this once thriving native pollinator has declined by 87% in the last 20 years and is now on the endangered species list?

How do I find out more?

Sign up here to attend our free zoom teacher training session running 8.30AM to Noon July 20-22 which will walk everyone through the unit and cover everything you need to know. All attending teachers will be welcome to use the unit for free!

What does the pilot program involve?

After the training sessions we will invite five to ten highly engaged teachers from throughout our state to join our pilot program. This pilot will evaluate how the unit impacts students, teachers, and even parents and guardians. We expect that students will talk about this experience with their parents and guardians, and we are hoping to capture that. In August/September we will ask you to administer a 20 – 30 minute online environmental science literacy survey and ask you to send home information sheets that will include a parent survey. At the end of the year (April/ May 2021) we will ask you to again administer the environmental literacy survey to your students, and provide the sheet with the parent survey information to guardians. 

For teachers in the pilot program will there be a stipend?

Yes! While participation in the pilot program is voluntary we can offer you a $100 honorarium for participation in the pilot and $50 for each semester (two) of data collection (for a total of $200 over the course of the study) to defray the cost of any extra time spent preparing for the pilot program.

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