Online Professional Development Course

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Can't make it to one of our face-to-face workshops but still looking for new ways to make science and social studies education more interactive and fun for your students? We’ve got you covered!

In Spring 2017, Population Education is offering an eight-week, online professional development course in partnership with the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The course is for science and social studies educators of grades 6-12. If you teach Environmental Science, World Geography, Human Geography, Biology/Life Science, World History, or the AP counterparts, this course is perfect for you. Presented topics focus on global development, human quality of life, natural resources, and environmental sustainability.

Participants will discover student-centered learning strategies that use contemporary issues and real-world data to explore the impacts of human population. You’ll acquire dozens of classroom-ready, standards-aligned activities and resources that you can apply immediately to your classroom.

The course will be led by University of Michigan-Dearborn professor, Gail Luera, who has decades of experience in secondary education and online course facilitation. Graduate credit or professional development clock hours (CEUs) can be earned for those completing the full eight weeks. For more information, visit the course page.

Making the Population Connection: Exploring the Human-Environmental Nexus in Today’s Middle and High School Classroom

Course Length:
8 weeks
March 13, 2017 – May 12, 2017

Course Format:
This course is an online, asynchronous course, which means it has no required real-time interactions between instructor and students, allowing for you to work at your leisure and pace. You will be required to contribute to online discussion boards, submit weekly journals and complete a final project, all built to provide you with meaningful feedback and materials to use within your own classroom.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, you will have:

  1. A comprehensive suite of lessons and activities that meet your state’s learning standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core Standards (CSS), and the C3 Framework for Social Studies
  2. Formative and summative assessments that examine human population dynamics and environmental change
  3. Multimedia resources to extend learning in your classroom, and promote data literacy, mapping, and tech integration
  4. One graduate credit or 45 professional development clock hours, a digital badge, and certificate of completion

Meet Your Instructor:
Dr. Gail Luera is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and former Associate Dean of the School of Education. Her background is in environmental and global studies. Gail has served as the Acting Principal of the Orange County (CA) Outdoor Science School and she has also co-authored two books that focus on air pollution and water quality and their effect on the earth and its population. Gail received her Ph.D. in Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University, and her B.A. in English from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

University Credit:
Graduate credit may be obtained from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Credits Earned: 1.0
Cost: $155 + $80

Professional Development Clock Hours (CEUs):
You may also take the course and earn professional development clock hours.
Hours Earned: 45.00 (4.5 CEUs)
Cost: $80