Workshop Description
Integrative Curriculum Workshops
 Workshops consist of professional teacher training in technology (Microsoft PowerPoint) and integration of environmental health science into science, math, English, and social studies in grades 6-8.  Workshops are offered to individual teachers or teams of 2-4 teachers from the same school representing these different subject areas.  Interested teachers are encouraged to recruit their fellow middle school teachers of science, math, English, and social studies, in order to produce a team of teachers from the same school, however single teachers are encouraged to attend.  Our Integrative Curriculum includes a written story-line (adventure narrative) in which the characters (young teenagers) travel to different parts of the world and are faced with various health problems which they are required to solve.

In conjunction with the adventure narratives, TEKS-based problem-solving activities have been developed in the form of PowerPoint presentations. These presentations enable middle school students to work through various science, math, English, and social studies topics while they develop solutions to the introduced health problems.  Please view our online demonstration for a sample of these integrative curricular materials.

During workshops, teachers draw from these discovery-based collections of slides in order to build tailored-made presentations based upon teacher's subject interest and student needs.  

Workshops are free to teachers and schools.  In addition, PEER will reimburse teachers for meals and
transportation and will pay lodging expenses (lodging the night before and the 1st night of the workshop (for 2 day workshops) and only for teachers living >70 miles from the workshop location) up to, but not to exceed, $225 total expenses for all meals, transportation, and lodging. [Note: A limit of 20-30 teachers per workshop is dictated by the number of computers available at each workshop location.]

To attend a workshop, teachers must complete our online registration.

Tentative Workshop location and dates are as follow :

Integrative Curriculum Workshops
  College Station, TX June 2-3, 2008
  College Station, TX June 4-5, 2008
  San Antonio, TX June 10-11, 2008
  San Antonio, TX June 12-13, 2008
  Mt. Pleasant, TX June 30-July 1, 2008
  El Paso, TX July 7-8, 2008
  Lubbock, TX July 10-11, 2008
   
   
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An example workshop schedule is as follows:

Day 1
8:30 a.m. Administrative details and introductions
8:45 a.m. Introduction to PEER
9:15 a.m. Assignment 1 Read the Adventure Narrative & Take Pre-Test
9:50 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Assignment 2 Evaluation/Critique of Curricular Mini-Modules
11:00 a.m. Assignment 3 Review the remaining Mini-Modules in your Subject Area.
12:00 p.m Lunch
1:00 p.m. Finish Assignment 3
1:15 p.m. Discussion of Mini-Modules and Curriculum
1:30 p.m. Microsoft PowerPoint Instruction
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Assignment 4 & 5 - Produce a Week-Long Curricular Unit and Implementation Plan
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
     
Day 2
8:30 a.m. Assignment 4 & 5 (Continued)
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Assignment 6 Presentations of Produced Implementation Plans
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Assignment 6 (Continued)
2:00 p.m. Additional Resources
2:45 p.m.  Break
3:30 p.m. Post-Test and Workshop Evaluation
4:00 p.m.  Adjourn
   
Please complete our online registration to attend a workshop.

 Please complete our Curriculum Evaluation upon your use of our Integrated Health Modules.
 


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The PEER Program is composed of three grants entitled "GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools", "Integrating Environmental Health Science in Rural Schools," and a NCRR SEPA grant entitled "Science Promotion in Rural Middle Schools".

Major funding for the PEER Program is provided by the
National Science Foundation,
the
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
and the National Center for Research Resources


 

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