Research Experience for Teacher (RET)

Teacher Swept out to CCE... Debra Brice from San Marcos middle school will go to sea on June 18th, 2011 and examine the processes structuring marine food webs  in the California Current Ecosystem. Kim White, also from San Marcos middle school, as well as two other teachers (Denise Litt and Ariel Valentino from Serra High school in the San Diego Unified School District) will be joining the expedition, providing land-based assistance in the form of classroom application. Under the guidance of CCE-LTER Education and Outreach coordinator Beth Simmons who will direct the related blog, the teachers will be encouraged to post new and thought-provoking questions as they follow this journey during June and July. The experience will provide the backdrop for teachers to develop and implement classroom lessons and have their students create short videos explaining climate change in their local marine ecosystems. These clips and educational resources will be peer-reviewed and posted on a webpage dedicated to climate change within the CCE and linked to the CCE LTER Education Outreach webpage .  Our intentions are to share resources with the public and other educators who seek a greater understanding of the effects of climate change on a local marine ecosystem.  In mid-August, these teachers will lead a video-conference designed to impart the knowledge learned during this experience with other teachers within the LTER Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program. Designed to promote climate literacy, this project is undertaken with a goal of investing local educators in the process of examining the implications of climate change, increasing their own understanding of the related research so that they might better inform their students and the general public. As the teachers identify specific processes that may be affected by a changing ocean they will be able to improve young people’s understanding and guide them toward ocean literacy. 2011 TEACHER PROFILES Debra Brice is an 8th grade science teacher at San Marcos Middle School where she teaches Life and Physical Science.  She has an MS in geosciences and was a master teacher in physical oceanography for the American Meteorological Society for 13 years.  She has been a NOAA teacher-at-sea and a Toyota Tapestry Grant winner.  For the last 8 years she has been partnered with Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ships and the Office of Naval Research in an education outreach project: “In the Footsteps of Roger Revellein which students tour SIO ships, meet scientists and follow ongoing research via podcasts, live broadcasts and emails. Using Climate Change as a theme to teach physics, chemistry and biology, she helps students relate science content to real life problems through ongoing scientific research. Kim White Kimberly White has been teaching middle school science for the past four years including earth, life and physical science.  The past three years have been a focus in Life Science with sheltered instruction for English Language Learners.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Biology from California State University San Marcos.  She then helped pilot the iQUEST summer camp program through Cal State San Marcos.  She is currently working on her Masters of Education in Science Administration. This is her first RET experience. Denise Litt has been teaching high school science including physics, biology and earth science at local San Diego high schools for the past 6 years, 4 of them at Serra High School. She earned her bachelors degree in Environmental Science from University of California at Santa Barbara and worked in the environmental consulting industry as a staff geologist for 6 years prior to becoming a teacher. She developed a relationship with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) last summer when she participated in the GK-12 program, during which she worked with a graduate student throughout the year to develop engaging lessons that bridge SIO research to high school biology curriculum. In addition she has taken coursework on the application of the California curriculum developed in compliance with the Environmental Education Initiative passed into law in 2003, requiring the state to develop environmental principles and concepts to complement California's academic content standards. Ariel Valentino is an Earth Science teacher at Serra High School in the San Diego Unified School District.  She has majored in Earth and Space Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and traveled to Hawaii to study the destruction of the coral reef and the effect of ocean pollution on sea turtles.  This past year, she has been working with The Science Education Association of San Diego (SEASAND), to develop ways to include global climate change topics throughout the Earth Science curriculum.

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