New College faculty train area teachers

Public school teachers aboard New College's research boat during a one-day workshops for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) K-12 educators led by Professor of Biology and Marine Science Sandra Gilchrist.
Public school teachers aboard New College’s research boat during a one-day workshop for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics K-12 educators led by Professor of Biology and Marine Science Sandra Gilchrist.

Professor of Biology and Marine Science Sandra Gilchrist will lead three one-day workshops at New College for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics K-12 educators in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Gilchrist received a $5,869 grant from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to fund the workshops, which can accommodate 15 teachers during each session.
“Each workshop is designed to engage the teachers in connecting impacts of humans on the environment,” said Gilchrist, “and the impact of the environment on humans.”
The grant also provides funding for two students to participate in the project. In addition to helping with field and lab preparations, the students will prepare digital resources the teachers can take with them and incorporate into their curricula.
“As in the past,” explained Gilchrist, “we will continue to use several resources from NOAA … resources from the National Institutes of Health Oceans and Human Health Initiative, VIMS Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center, and PBS Learning Media, among others. Materials for the workshops will be from free resources available online or available from agencies.”
Gilchrist has partnered with the estuary program to host similar workshops in the past and is incorporating feedback from those sessions into the upcoming programs. Teachers indicated they want to incorporate mobile applications into their classrooms, and Gilchrist is showing them how they can create their own apps or use existing ones to supplement their lessons.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college the state's Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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